TL;DR Yes it is not too late for most people to reverse their habits and lifestyle to avoid becoming diabetic.
Pre Diabetes Reversal Success Stories
Most Americans have heard of DM type 2; it’s in the news every day as one of the bigger killers in America. Prediabetes, it’s evil younger brother is the root focus we should all have our eyes on. Pre-diabetes is quickly becoming much more of a problem with over 86 million Americans (mostly over 65) who have it and are unaware. The CDC says that around 25% of individuals who are prediabetic will develop type 2 diabetes mellitus within five years. That means the 86 million people who are pre-diabetic, 17% of those people will have type two diabetes. So can Prediabetes Be Reversed Permanently? It is evident to us why this is a favorite question, even if you aren’t diagnosed. Also, check out my own personal diabetes success stories for a little motivation!
It’s costly and easy to avoid
Insulin and other related materials and services for DM will cost you between 200-500 dollars a month. To maintain, it’s an expensive avoidable illness for most people.
What is pre-diabetes?
“Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to progress to type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes — especially to your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys — may already be starting.”[Source]
Most people don’t show symptoms
90% of people don’t know they have it. So it’s best to evaluate your lifestyle and get a blood test instead. I always suggest to start with a diet and look into a fitness regime that is a low impact that most people can follow. You don’t need to stress yourself out to improve your health. At ASCVS we try our best to provide valuable information to lead readers in the direction of a healthier life. Science has shown that a prediagnosis for being prone to the illness is not a death warrant. All you have to do is reverse your bad habits and build positive new ones that will not only benefit your inner health but also increase your self-confidence, energy, and focus.
How is prediabetes diagnosed?
A glycated hemoglobin test, also known as HbA1c or simply A1c, gives an idea of the body’s average blood sugar levels from the past two or three months. It is a small drop of blood from a fingerstick or as part of having blood taken in a doctor’s office, hospital, or laboratory.
Less than 5.7% ^Normal 5.7% to 6.4% ^Prediabetes 6.5% and higher ^Diabetic
The A1c is by far one of the best ways to determine if you are vulnerable or can be diagnosed for pre-diabetes. Do not depend on experiencing symptoms as most people do not produce any symptoms when they are prediabetic, and some do not even experience some as a full diabetic.
What about diabetes success stories, I need proof!
Well, I am a success story. My family has a history of type 1 and two diabetes, the curse of being a southerner & enjoying red velvet cake. One thing I did to immediately reverse my prediabetes was I stopped eating sweets with added sugar. I switched to eating fruit as a snack because they contain fiber which is vital for processing sugars correctly. This is the same reason why juicing is not necessarily as healthy as some claim.
I didn’t just stop eating excess sugar. It takes more than a small adjustment to your lifestyle. My most significant change was that I started to do yoga, often walk and avoid sitting throughout the day. These are simple adjustments, but my blood pressure instantly became healthier. Along with better blood pressure and insulin response you will also be more motivated to start a fitness regimen. Pre diabetes reversal success stories can sometimes blind people to the truth, we are all unique, and your journey will be too.
I did not lower my weight much, but I did increase my muscle to fat ratio. I am generally a skinny male so it may seem that I am healthy, but looks can be deceiving. It will be a little easier than you think, you do not need to lose to much weight to avoid diabetes. WebMD says:
“In one study, people who had prediabetes and lost 5% to 7% of their body weight (just 10-14 pounds in someone who weighs 200 pounds) cut their chances of getting diabetes by 58%.”[WebMD]
Pre diabetes success stories are a dime a dozen. In conclusion, yes but the reversal is a journey that starts today, right now.
It’s never too late to change your lifestyle and increase your quality of life. Theirs a million different paths you could take and what is most important is taking that first step. Asking your friends and family to be supportive of your new lifestyle will also help in adjustment. We are our own worst critics; it is okay to feel like you can improve your physical appearance with exercise as well. Being ashamed of having a little chub may be what you need to trim your waist. We all begin our journey into a healthier lifestyle at different levels of fitness and competency. 65.7% of American adults are overweight, and that is probably an old statistic. That being said, if you are overweight, you are prone to prediabetic diagnosis. You are not alone, and as a global family, we all need to address our health!
Diabetes mellitus is no longer an incurable disease to be ashamed of. Treatment starts with exercise and proper nutrition. Treatment begins with you. Thank you for reading at ASCVS.org, take care of yourself!
“As of 2015, an estimated 415 million people had diabetes worldwide, with type 2 DM making up about 90% of the cases. This represents 8.3% of the adult population, with equal rates in both women and men.” [IDF]
So what is dm?
The Definition of DM is:
“DM or Diabetes Mellitus is a group of metabolic disorders that relate to high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar are frequent urination, constant thirst and a heavier appetite. If you do not treat diabetes with diet and exercise you could cause complications ranging from ketoacidosis to cardiovascular disease or death. There’s a multitude of research and studies on the topic of DM. At ASCVS we suggest you first follow the guidelines of the ADA (American Diabetes Association)” [Diabetic Association]
Once you’ve become more informed on the nuances of DM, we suggest you followa diet friendly for diabetics and a cardio-heavy fitness program that is low impact. Why low-impact? Generally, people who are insulin sensitive should focus on their bodies circulation. When you are training heavily for extended periods of time you also decrease your glycogen level tremendously, which in hand can cause you to need to refuel with carbohydrates. I suggest training no longer than 30 minutes at a time and no more than 2 times a day. It would be best suited to separate a 30-minute cardio session in the morning and a 30 minute weighted session in the afternoon. In the end, just being in the gym will benefit you greatly so do not stress too much of how long you are actually exercising in comparison to someone undiagnosed.
Let’s go over the three main types of diabetes mellitus.
Type 1: is due to the pancreas failing to produce enough insulin. Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDM we generally found in younger people.
In fact, the actual cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, despite what you may find on the internet. Is diabetes hereditary from grandparents? Not in every case but some studies have shown a correlation (which isn’t causation). Specifically, the HLA-DQA1, HLA-DQB1, and HLA-DRB1 genes have been identified as possible factors in pancreatic failure. The HLA sequences are responsible for making proteins that your body needs for homeostasis.
Type 2: the prolonged insulin resistance causes Adult-onset diabetes. NIDDM is produced by cells not responding to insulin appropriately. The primary causes of NIDDM are excessive body weight and living a sedentary lifestyle with no exercise.
As a nation, we’re leading in patriotism and diabetes, it’s rather unfortunate. You’ll find yourself spending hundreds of dollars on supplies to accommodate an illness that is caused by an avoidable unhealthy lifestyle. Here at ASCVS, we promote a multitude of fitness programmes that require the least amount of investment, all they do require is time. ASCVS even offers a free fasting program because we care about your health!
Type 3: Gestational diabetes affects women who do not have a history of diabetes develop high blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
Many women who are pregnant discover they are diagnosed with type 3 gestational DM. This is completely avoidable, a symptom of your body’s placental hormones produce too much blood sugar. Resolve it within a few months with a healthy lifestyle.
The Other Type 3
Alzheimer’s disease or AD has effects to cell loss and abundant neurofibrillary tangles. Most importantly it affects energy metabolism which can affect glucose absorption in the brain.
“Currently, there is a rapid growth in the literature pointing toward insulin deficiency and insulin resistance as mediators of AD-type neurodegeneration, but this surge of new information is riddled with conflicting and unresolved concepts regarding the potential contributions of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), metabolic syndrome, and obesity to AD pathogenesis.” [source]
Theirs four features to AD that relate to diabetes:
T2DM causes brain insulin resistance, oxidative stress, and mental impairment.
Adverse changes to brain insulin and IGF signals represent early and progressive issues related to the AD.
EBD or Experimental Brain Diabetes produced by the intracerebral administration is similar to the AD.
To treat EBD, we use insulin sensitizer agents which are the same drugs used to treat T2DM.
What you can conclude from these points is Type 3 Diabetes is essentially Alzheimer’s related blood glucose disorders that affect the brain. Also, research in both fields will aid in the treatment of DM 1, 2 and AD. What you can do for yourself is follow a healthy diet and stay active even in your older years. We can’t avoid all illness but doing your best to prevent this unfortunate disease means living a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to frequently check in with your primary care provider as well.
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