|Defining Prediabetes, Who is at Risk of Prediabetes, and possible natural treatment options|
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition in which the pancreas fails to secrete enough insulin so as to maintain normal glucose level in the bloodstream. If not treated properly, it can lead to type 2 diabetes. In addition to this, there are many people who don’t know what exactly pre-diabetes is, let alone what they should do when faced with such an issue. We’ll also discuss some natural remedies for reversing prediabetes.
According to statistics published by The American Journal of Medicine, around 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes, while another 79 million have impaired fasting glycemic index (IFG). IFG indicates borderline high blood sugar levels. Of these numbers, 9% have been diagnosed with newly onset diabetes. These figures indicate that millions of people are suffering from undiagnosed diabetes every year.
Early Detection is Crucial
Early detection remains crucial for preventing serious complications associated with diabetes
This means that most individuals affected by prediabetes never knew anything was wrong until their doctor told them they had diabetes. It may be hard to believe but even those with no family history of diabetes can develop diabetes due to genetic predisposition. There are two types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. Type 2 accounts for 90 percent of cases worldwide, and is primarily caused by obesity, aging, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, etc. While Type 1 occurs on children below 14 years old because of autoimmune destruction of beta cells in the pancreas, Type 2 develops gradually over time because the body loses its ability to produce sufficient amounts of insulin needed to control blood glucose. As mentioned before, one out of nine patients with diabetes has developed it recently (within 5 years) or doesn’t know what he/she has. Therefore, early detection remains crucial for preventing serious complications associated with diabetes.
Those who are overweight carry extra fat deposits within the abdomen area. Since fat tissue produces leptin hormone, which increases hunger pangs, overeating becomes easy. Overeating causes excess calories to accumulate rather than being burned off through physical activity. Overweight individuals often experience excessive appetite leading to binge eating. When binging continues despite exercising, chances of developing prediabetes increase.
Who is at Risk
Excessive consumption of alcohol leads to reduced production of liver enzymes responsible for processing harmful toxins from the digestive system into harmless substances. Liver failure results in increased toxin accumulation in the blood stream. Excessively drinking alcoholic beverages disrupts hormonal balance causing elevated testosterone levels in men and estrogen in women. Both hormones reduce progesterone production in females. Progesterone helps lower blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Drinking too much alcohol interferes with proper function of the pituitary gland responsible for controlling immune response. Alcoholic drinks contain carbonated water that is converted into acid by bacteria present in the stomach after swallowing. Acidified gastric juice damages pancreatic alpha cell lining resulting in decreased secretion of glucagon. Glucagon stimulates release of insulin from Langerhans’ islet cells located near the surface of the pancreas. Reduced levels of circulating insulin cause hypoglycemia symptoms like weakness, sweating, shakiness, paleness, cold clammy skin, nausea, dizziness, tingling sensations, headache, confusion, loss of consciousness, convulsions, depression, irritability, rapid heartbeat, low heart rate, dry mouth, shortness of breath, chest pain, irregular bowel movements, unconsciousness, coma, death. Severe hypoglycemia attacks require immediate medical intervention.
Natural Treatment Options
There are a variety of treatment options that are common that do not require a physician’s reference or prescription.
- Lower your intake of carbohydrates
- Eat more fiber
- Keep a Food Diary or Log
- Exercise Regularly
- Manage Stress Levels
- Quit Smoking If You Smoke
- Control Weight Gain
- Check Your Thyroid Functioning
- Monitor Your Blood Pressure
- Be Aware of Other Health Conditions That Could Affect Diabetes Development
- Take Supplements
- Try Meditation Or Yoga Classes
In order to take advantage of the best possible treatment options available today, consult with your physician immediately. He/She will analyze your current state of health and suggest necessary tests. Afterward, get acquainted with the information provided here and start managing prediabetes yourself!
The Time is Now!
You will most certainly might want to try implementing some healthy habits right now. They’re simple, yet highly effective for improving overall health and well-being. Start slowly and steadily, following the guidelines laid down here. Once you feel better, keep doing whatever works best for you to sustain motivation and stick to healthier living permanently.
Lower Your Carb Intake
Carbohydrates provide energy for our bodies. However, we must consume carbs in moderation. A balanced meal includes complex carbohydrates found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. Carbs turn into sugars when digested by amylase enzyme produced by salivary glands in our mouths. Saliva contains lots of calcium salts. Calcium activates rennet coagulation required for producing cheese. Digestive juices in the small intestine consist mainly of hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid catalyzes protein digestion. Protein breakdown releases free amino acids that become building blocks of new proteins. Amino acids serve as precursors of neurotransmitters involved in nerve impulses. Neurotransmitters trigger muscle contractions and regulate metabolism. Insulin facilitates absorption of nutrients from consumed foods and prevents excessive loss of sugar through urination. Carbohydrate restriction lowers insulin output and slows carbohydrate conversion into fats.
Unprocessed Carbs = BAD
Unprocessed carbohydrates enter the bloodstream directly and raise blood sugar levels faster than processed ones
Eating foods rich in fibers delays glucose absorption and keeps blood sugar levels stable. Fiber-rich foods slow down transit time of food through the gastrointestinal tract, keeping blood sugar concentrations steady. Low-carb diets are popular among athletes training for long distances. Athletes prefer limiting carb sources to bananas, apples, oranges, lettuce leaves, carrots, celery pieces, potatoes, sweet corn kernels, peas, beans, onions, cabbage, avocados, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs, nuts, seeds, berries, leafy greens, green peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper strips, and hot chili peppers.
Log Your Sugar Levels – Keep a Food Diary / Log
Food journal gives you detailed account of meals you’ve eaten throughout the day. It allows you to identify patterns of bad nutritional choices and plan appropriate actions. Write down everything you eat and drink starting from breakfast till dinner. Don’t forget snacks between meals. Include portion size, preparation method, temperature of cooking oil, etc. Record amount of liquids drunk daily. Make note of any side effects experienced after consuming certain foods. Review entries made 3 days apart and see whether your behavior changed. If yes, why did it happen? Are you satisfied with answers? How would you change things next time?
When writing down entries, think carefully about the quality of your food choices and make sure you choose nutritious foods instead of junk. You can then reference those notes to diagnose which foods your body does well with (or doesn’t) and/or share the logs with your doctor to give him/her a better understanding and clearer picture of your health.