Why fear ‘prediabetes’

July 27, 2020
Sugar test

WHEN your blood sugar isn’t that high yet, certainly you do not have (yet) diabetes. Knowing your numbers will guide or warn you that you may be nearing the borderline or the so-called “prediabetes”.

The name “prediabetes” may be misleading, you can be crossing the borderline soon or go on diet to further lower your number.

With every blood sugar spike, the body’s normal insulin response is impaired. If you don’t do something about it, you will end up with full-blown diabetes, and it won’t take long as you enjoy eating sugary foods.

Once you crossed the borderline, your life will change including strict dieting. Soon you will develop cardio complications, taking medication and possibly daily insulin injections if your sugar level is already too high and uncontrollable.

Here are signs to watch if you’re in prediabetes stage.

* Darkening of the skin on the back of your neck, armpits, knuckles and groin. It’s a warning sign of insulin resistance and prediabetes. Armpits, knees, elbows and knuckles may darken as well.

* You can also experience this: blurry vision, excessive thirst, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping or chronic insomnia, and frequent urination.

What should you do to keep it from progressing to true diabetes?

Consider these dietary guidelines:

* Drink a cup of water with meals and a cup between meals. This fills you up and helps you feel full faster.

* Eat whole fruit for more fiber and avoid fruit juice, soda, imitation juice drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks. Sugar spikes lead to insulin resistance.

* Keep cut-up fruits and vegetables up-front and available on the main shelf of your refrigerator as well.

* Write down what you eat and why. Know which triggers cause you to eat or overeat.

* Increase fiber in your diet to help lower blood sugar. Inulin fiber is considered a natural appetite suppressant that fights fat and diabetes. It’s been shown to improve blood sugar control for women with type 2 diabetes and, in a study on people with prediabetes, subjects on inulin had a 7.6 percent decrease in body weight, while those not taking inulin lost only 4.9 percent.