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What You Need To Know About Pre-Diabetes

Updated on March 23, 2016

Did you know that 1 in 3 people have pre-diabetes and are not aware of it? This country is known for eating too much sugar. Most people have a passive lifestyle that contributes to weight gain. This is an alarming rate since America has been thinking of solutions to combat obesity in people. Because of this, the Center for Disease Control, The American Medical Association, the AD Council, and the American Diabetes Association have teamed up to prevent the onslaught of diabetes. People can take a quiz right at their own homes to check if they have pre-diabetes. It only takes five minutes to answer all these questions.

Here are the questions you should ask yourself to determine if you are pre- diabetic:

1. How old are you?

2. Are you a man or a woman?

3. Have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?

4. Do you have a relative who is diagnosed with diabetes?

5. Do you have high blood pressure?

6. Are you physically active?

7. What is your weight status?

You won't incur points if you are under forty and if you're a woman. If you are pregnant and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, then you might be at risk for diabetes. If you have a relative who has diabetes, chances are you might inherit the disease. If you are overweight, you have greater chances that you might be pre-diabetic. If you answered yes to most of the questions, then it's about time to raise the alarm.

Dr. Karen Kmetik Phd, said that if the test shows that your are pre-diabetic, you should go see your doctor because pre-diabetes can be reversed. According to Kmetik, 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. Phyllicia Hill-Briggs Phd said that we can reduce the number of people who are pre-diabetic. The reasons why a lot of people have an increased risk of diabetes is because of portion distortion. People do not watch their plate when eating. We love to eat. But the problem is we don't watch our portions when eating food. Another reason is the lack of physical activity. Most people have a sedentary lifestyle. Those people who have desk jobs do not have the time to move around since they are tied down to their work most of the day. One important reason is that our communities are not supporting a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is not promoted in most schools and organizations.

Three woman had their blood taken to check if their blood sugar is high. Here is a chart that would determine if a person is pre-diabetic.

If your blood sugar is less than 99 mg/dl, then your blood sugar is normal. If you have a blood sugar that ranges from 100-125 mg/ dl, then you have pre-diabetes. If your blood sugar is 126 mg/ dl or higher, then you have Type II diabetes. Dr. Anne Albright mentioned that the sooner it takes to have your blood sugar checked, the greater the prevention will be.

Hill-Briggs suggested a 4 step plan to prevent the onslaught of pre-diabetes. Here are the Diabetes Program Prevention:

1. Eat your breakfast every day- We fast all night when we are sleeping that's why we need nutrients for the whole day. Hill-Briggs suggested that we should eat more oatmeal, nuts, almonds for protein, yogurt, and foods that are low fat but high in nutrients.

2. Walk 10,000 steps a day- It is extremely important to have a physical activity during the day. You can start small by walking 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. If you are in the office, get up every 90 minutes to stand up and move around.

3. Create your own plate- Food is a key ingredient. We have to watch what we eat. Albright suggested that we cut the plate in half, then cut another half to have portion control. In one corner of the plate, have green and leafy vegetables and a fruit. Fill the other quarter of the plate with grains. Then on the last quarter of the plate, have lean protein like fish. If you are a vegetarian, have lentils or beans.

4. Quit smoking- Cigarette smoking can increase the risk of pre-diabetes and diabetes.

The steps are easy as 123. If we take these precautionary steps every day, then we can promote a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes can lead to diseases such as dementia. We have to watch what we eat and have an active lifestyle to prevent having diabetes.

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