If you’re experiencing any of the bio-markers for pre-diabetes then it’s important that you nip this thing early and effectively before it progresses to the next stage . . . . type 2 diabetes. This is not a disease to be taken lightly.
The CDC reports that people with diabetes places undue pressure on the American healthcare system throughout the life of that person . . . especially during the latter stages of the disease. (See the chart below) Based on research it conducted with other medical groups it has determined that diabetics develop disabilities and die earlier than those without the disease.
I have watched members of my family suffer the awful side effects of diabetes over the years . . . even to the point of their demise.
A very close relative, let’s call him Sam had all the classic symptoms of pre-diabetes – a family history, poor life style, increased thirst and hunger, weight gain, sweating more than normal, blurry vision – but he took little action to prevent the serious complications he developed later in life.
He figure that because of his young age and being fairly active he would dodge the bullet. Unfortunately, Sam’s condition progressed to full-blown diabetes – he developed poor circulation and many of the issues related to it such as peripheral neuropathy, his vision became so poor that he had to use a jeweler’s loop to read the menu at a restaurant and his kidneys started to shut down.
I believe that most, if not most of all these things could have been prevented if Sam had taken charge of the situation early.
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If you have diabetes or know someone with it then you’re well familiar with the rest of the story. If you are pre-diabetic don’t do what Sam did . . . . take the necessary steps now to avoid the consequences later.
What are the symptoms of pre-diabetes to look for?
- a need to urinate more often
- muscle weakness and general fatigue
- vision becomes blurry
- experiencing numbness in the extremities
- men will begin to have erectile dysfunction issues
- increased thirst and hunger.
In addition to the above list, other things to be mindful of are a family history, ethnicity and lifestyle.
This disease appears to affect African-Americans, native Americans and people of Asian decent more than other ethnic groups.
If you know that other members of your family have had issues with high blood glucose levels . . . aka. pre-diabetes or diabetes, then it’s time to assess your life-style.
Determine what changes need to be made. For example – Do I need to become more active? And just as importantly, if not more so – Does my diet need to be fixed? Also – Am I getting enough rest at nights? What is my stress level? Does my ‘prescribed medications’ increase my likelihood of developing this condition?
It has been determined that certain meds can have a negative impact on glucose levels.
What can I do to avoid this disease?
The first thing you must do is get a medical check up to establish your health status and to get the facts on diabetes. It may also be necessary to start testing your blood sugar level regularly . . . . especially if you are about to make life-style changes.
Your medical-care team can also advise you as to the next steps to take if you are showing any signs of abnormal blood sugars levels. Follow their directions.
Their usual advise is to change your diet and become more active. I will go one step further and advise you to not wait for a doctor’s ok to start becoming active.
Start now. If you are in a wheelchair then seek out a personal trainer who can periodically help with increasing your movements. There are government programs that can also assist if necessary.
One of my gym attendees is completely blind, however he is a regular visitor and is in great shape because he knows the importance of working out.
A personal trainer is a great place to start when seeking advice on workout plans for improving circulation.