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!
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