Pre-diabetes is a condition with which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but are not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes to be given. Although not everyone with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes, many will.
In many nations, pre-diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. For example, a UCLA study shows that in California alone, 13 million adults are pre-diabetic and 2.5 million, (or 9% of the population,) is type 2 diabetic. The two groups represent 15.5 million people (55 percent of the state’s population). Apply this equation to the nations where cases are rampant, and the figure worldwide becomes staggering. The same UCLA study found that 30% of pre-diabetics will acquire full-blown type 2 diabetes within five years of diagnosis and the remaining 70% will develop it in their lifetime; which means, if you are pre-diabetic and follow the same trajectory that led you to become pre-diabetic, at some point, you will become diabetic.
Pre-diabetes is taken for granted, so much so that the term is not even recognized by the World Health Organization. However, the term is slowly gaining ground amongst healthcare professionals.
Pre-diabetes is a progressive condition. When pre-diabetes is not dealt with in its early stages, the condition often progresses into type 2 diabetes. Another name for pre-diabetes is borderline diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can also progress and develop into type 1 diabetes.
The signs and symptoms of pre-diabetes
Most people who have pre-diabetes don’t know that they have it. This is mainly due to the fact that pre-diabetes is widely overlooked and not recognized. One sign to look for that indicates the condition is a strong craving for sweets, particularly when one is in their forties. For example, when I was in my forties, I became a “sugarholic”. I was warned that there was a possibility that I was becoming diabetic, but I ignored the signs, and my craving for sweets became stronger and stronger. Another indication of pre-diabetes is when the sugar level inside one’s body is high, but one has not yet been diagnosed with diabetes. If you have not been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but you crave sugar, it is a good time to visit your doctor and let him know that you have been craving and eating a lot of sugar. A simple blood test can lead to the prevention of the progression from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes. In some cases, with pre-diabetes, one may even have signs and symptoms similar to those associated with type 2 diabetes. It is very important to be aware of these signs and symptoms.
Do you suspect that you might be pre-diabetic but are not sure? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people who are pre-diabetic don’t know they are.
How do you become pre-diabetic?
First and foremost, don’t panic if you learn that you are pre-diabetic. But it is important to understand how you arrived at where you are. When you eat refined sugar, some of that sugar, enters your blood stream. Your pancreas still works and produces enough insulin (a hormone that transports the sugar to your cells to be used for energy). But when there is too much sugar in your bold stream and the insulin is not able to assimilate all the sugar, a build-up develops. Your cells will still absorb sugar, but they cannot absorb all of it because there is just too much. The extra sugar remains in your blood stream. At that point you are pre-diabetic meaning your A1C is above 5. The good news is that, at this point, you do have the chance to reverse your condition within three to four weeks.
What are the risk factors related to pre-diabetes?
There are at least two main risk factors related to diabetes:
- If someone in your family line is type 2 diabetic, there is a possibility you could become pre-diabetic. This means, there is a hereditary disposition.
- The second most common risk factor is age in the range from 25 to 45 years. Forty-five is the age average age when most adults are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
There are no set symptoms that alert you that you are on your way to becoming pre-diabetic. However, like mentioned earlier, craving sugar is a good warning sign. Also, if you experience frequent urination followed by rapid weight loss, it is recommended you see your doctor. One of the first questions he/she will ask is if you are craving sweets. If your doctor suspects you have become diabetic, he/she will ask you do a blood glucose test.
Rather than wait to see signs of full-blown type 2 diabetes, see your doctor. A blood test will determine if you pre-diabetic, full blown diabetic, or neither. It is not uncommon for people to try to self-diagnose, but let your doctor determine your condition. This is important because the treatment of diabetes is a business you should not get caught in unwittingly and with insufficient knowledge. Often, articles written for major diabetes websites are in favour of companies that sponsor these websites. In those articles, the results of blood glucose tests can be widely exaggerated.
Here are two examples:
- I was diagnosed in 2009. While I was researching what to do to heal, I came across an article from the Canadian Diabetes Association, which is now known as Diabetes Canada. In the article, it was clearly stated that a blood glucose level of 7 was normal. A few years later, when I went to the same website, the figure had been changed. It said the blood glucose level should not be more than 5 millimoles. This means that now, people with a blood glucose level between 5 and 7 millimoles are advised to take medication. This has increased the customer base and sales for the biggest manufacturers of diabetes drugs.
- Very interestingly, the Canadian Diabetes Association had begun to receive sponsorship from diabetes drug manufacturers. This was followed by a name change from the Canadian Diabetes Association to Diabetes Canada. Shortly after the name change, Diabetes Canada put out a TV ad in which they said that if you are 35 years or older, you should take a blood glucose test. Why are healthy, young men and women being asked to take a blood glucose test? Should such ads even be made? Shouldn’t an ad, if the issue is important, point out signs and symptoms and advice people that if they see any of the signs, they should do a blood test? The only explanation is that the ad was produced to manipulate healthy people to take a blood glucose test, and if they register levels between 5 and 7 millimoles, they too should become dependent on pharmaceutical drugs. This means that, for drug companies, it is not enough that only those who are diabetic should be taking prescription drugs.
How can I reverse my pre-diabetes?
Your pre-diabetes can be reversed by following a few simple steps, researches shows. If you are diagnosed pre-diabetic, don’t panic. There is hope. Based on research, making lifestyle changes can bring about a reversal of the condition within 3 weeks. Study upon study has shown that losing a few pounds through diet and exercise can reverse the condition and prevent it from progressing to full blown type 2 diabetes. This is confirmed by Mark Schutta, MD, medical director at the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center in Philadelphia. In his own words: “I tell my patients, ‘You can treat this into remission. It’s attainable for most people with pre-diabetes.’” For help reversing your prediabetes, we invite you to try our diabetes cure program.
Remission is a safe term used in place of reversal or cure. The term remission is used because it signifies that, sometimes, people don’t stick to the program that reversed their pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. They go back to the same lifestyle that brought on the condition.
Incorporating healthy eating and exercise into your lifestyle is very important. Exercise, in particular, makes use of glucose, which is the fuel that your body needs. Exercise also makes your cells sensitive to insulin. In other words, as you exercise, your muscles become more sensitive to insulin. That process is the key to reversing your pre-diabetes permanently.
Doing the right exercise does more than meets the eye; it helps keep you youthful; it helps reduce your chances of becoming a full-blown type diabetic; it helps reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke; and lastly, it eliminates 90% of deceases. The best way to start a program of exercise is to consult with your doctor. Importantly, if you are not used to exercising, always start slowly and work your way up. It will not be long before you find yourself growing in strength and endurance.
What happens after I cure my pre-diabetes?
The word “cure” is a medical term. Doctors don’t use it in some cases, particularly in respect to pre-diabetes, and there is a good reason for that. “Cured” means the condition is gone permanently. However, for that to happen, you must adopt a new lifestyle to regain good health and maintain that lifestyle. If you can sustain that lifestyle and the pre-diabetes does not return over a two-year period, it means the conditioned has been cured. Some doctors in the UK are beginning to use the word “cure” in relation to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. What that means is that some doctors use the word while others simply don’t. Some doctors don’t use it because people can be habitual in going back to the lifestyle that made them sick in the first place. Further, sugar is so addictive that some people simply go back to eating it in excess. It is a drug to the brain, and once the brain gets use to it, the sugar will damage it. The secret to weaning yourself off refined sugar is to go about it slowly. When your blood sugar levels return to normal, stay focused on the changes that got you where you are and stick to the program.
Who should test for pre-diabetes and when?
In the past, pre-diabetes was said to afflict obese people and ethnic minorities, including African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and Asian Americans. But what is missing in this picture is the science. It is now a known fact that diabetes can afflict anyone and is caused by one’s lifestyle—eating certain foods in excess, especially those containing refined sugar. In countries such as Norway, where there are primarily Caucasians, they once struggled with an increase in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Scientists traced the increase to the amount of consumption of refined sugar and fast foods. This indicates that pre-diabetes does not predominantly afflict just the abovementioned ethnic minorities, it is very much a condition developed through lifestyle habits. Norway is now seeing a decrease in the cases of pre-diabetes, mainly because they are changing their lifestyle. You can do the same and achieve the same results.
If you are an adult male or female of any race, and crave sweets, tell your doctor and he/she will let you know if you should be tested. If a family member has type 2 diabetes, you should consider being tested, or at least speak to your doctor.
If you are concerned because of other factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, ask your doctor if testing for pre-diabetes is necessary for you. This is a preventative measure and a good one.
What should I eat?
There is a big confusion about what pre-diabetics should eat, because there are many claims about helpful diets. A healthy diet, which includes the keto diet, generally works well. In 2019, a new Food Guide was released in Canada. In this version, food manufacturers were not consulted, in order to avoid their recommending of their products, as they had in the past. In the new guide, it was high recommended that people stop drinking sugar-sweetened drinks, such as sweetened milk and fruit juices. Since 2012, my research found sugar to be the main culprit in causing pre-diabetes. It has taken this long for research and the government to confirm this.
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