Pre-diabetes - what's the big deal?
Pre-diabetes is a condition that is estimated to be affecting 16 million
people (that is in addition to the estimated 17 million people with diabetes).
While the name is new, the condition certainly is not. Pre-diabetes used
to be called impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. By
definition, pre-diabetes is a condition where one has fasting blood sugar levels
above normal (blood sugar between 100-125 mg/dl) but the blood sugar levels are
not high enough to diagnose diabetes (fasting blood sugar above 126 mg/dl).
Pre-diabetes or diabetes risk increases with the following factors:
- family history of diabetes,
- ethnicity of Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native
American, or African American,
- overweight or obese,
- high blood pressure
- low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides
- history of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or gave birth
to a baby weighing more than 9 lbs
If you are at risk, get your blood sugar tested. If your doctor has
diagnosed you with pre-diabetes or mentioned impaired glucose tolerance to you,
take action to prevent or delay onset of diabetes.
Those with pre-diabetes are more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
in the future but there are preventative measures. Following a diet low in
fat and a reduction in calories, physical exercise, and weight loss if
overweight can help prevent or delay diabetes. These preventative measures
can "turn back the clock" and return elevated blood sugars to normal
DiabetesPlanner.com offers complete menus with recipes, grocery lists, and
Nutrition Facts to support weight loss and glucose control. These menus
are e-mailed to you weekly to help you stay focused on preventing or delaying
onset of Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes Menu