Prediabetes: Managing your Risk
As mentioned last week, diabetes is not a curable condition, however there are many ways of managing diabetes that will empower you to take back control of your health. The good news is your body will give you warning signs in certain instances, that if identified and addressed early, can help prevent diabetes all together. It’s a proactive approach but ultimately you are in charge of managing your risk.
Although diabetes is irreversible, pre-diabetes is reversible. The first step is understanding what pre-diabetes consists of. An individual is diagnosed with pre-diabetes when they’re blood sugar levels are elevated, yet not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A change in diet and an increase in physical activity can help reduce your bodies over all blood sugar levels as discussed earlier.
Unfortunately, many individuals fail to recognize that they are susceptible to such conditions. For instance, being overweight, being inactive, and/or having a family history of diabetes all place you at a higher risk. The key is to talk with your doctor and take a proactive approach to your health. A good way to start is to ask your family doctor to test your HbA1c. This is a type of blood test which will provide you with a value, as a percentage, of the amount of glucose that is being carried in your blood.
Normal values for individuals without diabetes range from 4-6%
Pre-diabetes values range from around 5.7-6.4%
If you do have diabetes, ideal ranges are around 7%
This test is conducted every 3 months as that is the typical lifespan of blood cells. If your values are in that pre-diabetes category, it might be a good time to start making the necessary changes to help reduce those levels before they increase even more and manifest into type 2 diabetes. If you make the changes in what you eat and move more you can help bring these values down. The Canadian Diabetes Association has a helpful and quick questionnaire to help you determine your risk for diabetes. Click here to take the test!
A kinesiologist from Trainsmart Wellness can help guide you on the right path to ensure you are doing what you can do reduce the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes. If this sounds like you, or a close friend or family member please feel free to reach out and we can help gain back control over your health. Doors are always open and we are more than happy to chat.