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3 Things You May Not Have Known About Diabetes.....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1. Prediabetes doesn't always lead to full-blown diabetes. Also known as impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes simply means that the amount of glucose....that is, sugar....in your blood is higher than it should be but not high enough to qualify as type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, making three lifestyle changes....losing weight, watching your diet, and exercising....can increase your chances of preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes by up to 58%.

2. There's more to eating right than cutting out sweets. All carbohydrates....whether starchy or sweet....quickly turn into glucose in your bloodstream. A bagel, for example, can hike blood sugar as much as a doughnut. The more processed and refined the food, the more quickly the conversion occurs.

3. Exercise is just as crucial as diet. Here's where insulin comes in: This hormone helps transport glucose from your blood into your body's cells, which burn the sugar for energy. When you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, either your body doesn't produce enough insulin or your cells don't use it efficiently; as a result, glucose builds up in the blood. When you exercise and lose weight, your body is better able to employ its supply of insulin (or decrease "insulin resistance"), making it easier to control blood sugar levels.

Catherine Price, contributor to ASweetLife.org

Get personalized diabetes help: Many primary care doctors have neither the time nor the expertise to help you create a plan to manage your type 2 diabetes. But if you've been diagnosed, your insurance may cover diabetes education classes specifically designed to do just that. To find one, check out diabeteseducator.org.
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  • INFLATED
    Good advice, check you blood glucose too and keep it within a good range.
    2949 days ago
  • PATTISTAMPS
    My doctor watches me like a hawk, because he is sure I am going to become pre-diabetic, since I do have this weight problem and I am hypoglycemic. three of my 4 grandparents developed it eventually, and the 4th died too young... And Dad had it the last few months of his life, and Mom has had some issues when she had surgery. My sister is pre-diabetic, and also had gestational diabetes. So I REALLY have to watch it. thanks for the info!
    2950 days ago
  • FLAME42
    Thank you for the info, husband is listed as pre-diabetic on his last physical. His mother had diabetes, so it bears watching.
    2950 days ago
  • MS.ELENI
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    2950 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    I think I have prediabetes---- so--I really appreciated reading your blog--Thank-you so much!
    2950 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Fantastic advice, as always! I second the advice of seeking out a diabetic educator. It really helps! You have earned the:

    Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!

    You are!!
    2950 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2011 5:30:20 PM
  • JOANOFSPARK
    emoticon Great blog....even though I knew all this, it always helps to be reminded of it.....I wish that I had known way back when my husband found out that he had prediabetes that prediabetes didn't mean that you necessarily had to have diabetes, for my husband's sake. The strange thing is that even though he ended up having diabetes, I still didn't realize that I had it until my physician told me so..I just didn't recognize that I had it.....or maybe I did know but was in denial.....but I was shocked to realize that I did have it and felt guilty because I thought that I should have known or realized that I did have it.
    2950 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2011 4:34:23 PM
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