Finding Those With Pre-Diabetes

imageAs many of you know, November is National Diabetes Awareness month. November 14th is World Diabetes Day. As such, I want to issue a challenge to all of my followers, their friends and families. RIGHT NOW, it is estimated that almost 40% of this country (the U.S.) has pre-diabetes. It is estimated that about 90% of those folks don’t know it. Pre-diabetes is the time to begin with prevention and reversal of the path to Type 2 diabetes. It is no time to be unaware. Let’s all make it a personal challenge to help find these folks and get them the support that they need.

Detecting pre-diabetes is REALLY, REALLY simple.  Go to a local pharmacy and pick up a blood glucose meter and a small amount of strips. You will spend maybe $15-20 for all of it. Test your fasting blood glucose (before eating or drinking anything) for 2-4 days in a row. If your fasting blood glucose is in the mid 80’s or below, you are doing well, for now. Check in 6 months to 1 year. If you are creeping up into the 90’s, you are showing signs of early problems. It’s time to make some changes in your lifestyle to prevent further progression toward diabetes. If you reach 100-125, you fit the criteria for pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is EARLY diabetes folks. Time to act right away! Those with pre-diabetes are an extremely overlooked and under supported group. I want to find you, and help you. I was once in your shoes.  If you are above 125 at fasting, this meets the criteria for Type 2 diabetes.

Who are most likely to be at risk for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes? Those that fit the following criteria…

  • You have a history of Type 2 diabetes in your family
  • You are overweight
  • You are normal weight but have belly fat
  • You have blood pressure above normal range
  • You have elevated triglycerides and/or low HDL
  • You have PCOS
  • You’ve had gestational diabetes
  • You have reactive hypoglycemia or episodes of “low blood sugar”
  • You are frequently hungry, tired and crave simple carbohydrates
  • You are 30 years old or older, drink sodas (regular or diet), don’t exercise much and have eaten the Standard American Diet for the last 5-10 years

In an effort to find these folks who need education and support, please forward this to everyone you know who fits in the above categories. Some think that checking your blood glucose is not necessary if you don’t have diabetes. You would be wrong about that. It is just as important as checking your blood pressure (actually more important), getting dental checkups, eye exams, your annual gynecological exam or prostate exam, mammogram or ANY other measurement towards preventative health. Blood glucose is one of the absolute most important measurements of your health. Please, to find the 90+ million folks out there who are unaware of the danger, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!