People often get worried about being diagnosed with Diabetes or being automatically afflicted as a result of heredity. The strengthening of Diabetes as a common non-contaminating disease makes everyone aware if not conscious about it. But before going directly straight to being a Diabetes patient, have you heard of Prediabetes? It is the stage wherein one falls as a candidate for the disease. One must do preventive measures before one becomes fully confirmed as a diabetic patient.
This can be classified as IFT [Impaired Fasting Glycemia] and IGT [Impaired Glucose Tolerance]. Impaired fasting glucose/glycemia happens when the fasting blood glucose rises above normal levels but not high enough to be classified as diabetes mellitus making it a pre-diabetic state. Impaired glucose tolerance is also a pre-diabetic condition of dysglycemia linked to insulin resistance and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This puts you at higher risk than IFT.
This is the time when you can still do something about it before it’s “too late” especially if you are not really inclined to belong to a hereditary type of diabetes. How?
1. Watch out for the signs and symptoms. They include the 3P’s – polyphagia, polydipsia and polyuria. These pertain to frequent hunger, excessive or frequent thirst and frequent urinating respectively. You have unexpected weight loss, or you can also gain more weight. You have flu-like symptoms such as fatigue [tiredness] or weakness, blurred vision, slow healing of your wounds or cuts, numbness or tingling of your extremities such as the hands and feet, recurring gum problems and skin infections or recurring bladder and vaginal infections.
2. Know the causes because this will help you determine what can strengthen your chances as a candidate of diabetes. One of these conditions may be affecting you already. By knowing, you could work on how to improve your current condition to prevent it from complicating or branching into a condition such as diabetes. These health phenomena include sleep disorders, cardiovascular disease, family history of diabetes [hereditary], hypertension commonly known as high blood pressure, high or increasing triglycerides, low good cholesterol [HDL], high bad cholesterol [LDL], impaired glucose levels, impaired metabolism, obesity, overweight and women who have PCOS [polycystic ovaries], gestational diabetes and babies with high birth weight [more than 9 pounds].
These causes are related to insulin resistance and puts you at risk for Type II Diabetes Mellitus. As a medical event that happens prior to the full-blown disease itself, Prediabetes is somehow in between being a medical condition unto itself or as an early stage of diabetes. This is because complications of diabetes are most likely to occur or happening already before a patient is diagnosed.
If you are experiencing the any or more of the factors above, what should you do?
1. Know your ideal body weight and maintain it. Get your ideal body mass index [BMI], that is your ideal weight based on your height. Diabetes gets triggered with obesity and overweight.
2. Know what is good for you. Exercise at least 45 minutes a day for at least five times a week. This optimizes your body’s stamina and strengthens your body’s immune system. It makes your blood circulation work better. You make your muscles stay flexible, and your body more adaptable to the external environment. You don’t get easily prone to sickness.
3. Know what is healthy for you. Eat fruits and vegetables. Hydrate yourself. Nourish yourself with the right amount of diet and discipline for your eating patterns. This means, provide yourself with nutrients not the harmful components that you get from junk food and bad eating habits. Your body needs boosters to fight foreign matters that harmfully affect its system. Eating the right amounts of food keep your body in balance.