8 November 2011

FYI: There's such a thing as prediabetes

Prediabetes is a condition when the body’s blood glucose level is higher than the normal but low enough to be considered diabetes. Dr. Vivian Fonesca, MD, a professor and chief of endocrinology at the Tulane University Health Services Center in New Orleans, described it as a “silent” condition since it attacks the body but shows no symptoms. The American Diabetic Association (ADA) advised people in their 40s and up, who are at risk of this condition, to have regular medical check-ups to monitor their condition and avoid type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes should be taken seriously to avoid things
from getting more complicated in the future. Credit
Potential prediabetes patients should undergo Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) test or Oral Glucose Tolerant Test (OGTT) to check their condition. Both tests require fasting.
FPG is done after eight hours of fasting and is done every morning. Normal fasting blood glucose level is below 100 mg/dl. If a person’s fasting glucose level reached between 100 and and 125 mg/dl, the person suffers from pre-diabetes but if it goes beyond 125 mg/dl, the person is diabetic. OGTT, meanwhile, is measured after fasting for eight hours and another two hours after the patient was instructed to drink a sweet beverage. Normal blood sugar level is below 140 mg/dl. A blood sugar level between 140 and 199 mg/dl indicates prediabetes while blood glucose level at 200 above means a person has diabetes.
Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes if left untreated.
The best way to treat prediabetes is through weight reduction. A study conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in the US concluded that diabetes can be prevented or delayed by trimming at least 10 to 15 lbs of the current body weight.  Engaging in physical activities and eating a well-balanced diet are effective weight loss regimens.
Physical activities such as swimming, running, walking, or exercising for 30 minutes help burn the calories in the body. Foods rich in fiber are the most popular “weight loss” food solutions. Fiber gives people a “full feeling” after eating and slows down digestion. It also shuts down the appetite center of the brain since the chewing process takes longer time, giving a signal to the brain that the body’s food supply is enough. It addition, fiber helps lower the body’s sugar level as it delays the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and increase insulin sensitivity.
One good source of fiber is wheatgrass. It cannot only do weight loss wonders because of its high-fiber content but its essential nutrients nourish and protect the body against harmful diseases such as heart ailments, anemia, cancer, and diabetes.
Diabetes runs in our blood. One of the reasons why my lolo died is because he's diabetic; my lola is suffering from diabetes for so many years now; and mommy was being closely monitored because she's a potential prediabetes patient. I'm just thankful that I discovered Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass which helps prevent diabetes because of the different nutrients it gives to the body.
I ♥ Wheatgrass with Honey's
sweet taste.Makes me forget
I'm drinking wheatgrass :) Credit

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info! :)