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It’s a condition also known as Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) that may lead to Type 2 Diabetes if untreated, but can be reversed with changes in lifestyle. Prediabetes can appear at any age, and it may go undiagnosed for years while it silently does damage to tissues within the body.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
It’s a metabolic disorder and chronic condition that causes blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise higher than normal. Risk factors include weight, sedentary lifestyle, family history, ethnicity, and age. Type 2 Diabetes usually appears in older adults, but it is becoming more prevalent in children and teens. This is the most common form of Diabetes.
When you go to the doctor and ask “Can prediabetes be reversed?“, one of the first skills they may suggest you learn is how to test your blood sugar. We teach that at Holland Health Coaching, and you can learn to do this as well in your hometown.
The second important skill for everyone with Prediabetes–as well as any other chronic illness–is to practice Reframing this illness in your mind. We teach at Holland Health Coaching that when you Change your Thoughts, you can Change your World.
What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that damages the pancreas so that it produces little to no insulin, creating dangerously high blood sugar (glucose) levels. It typically first appears in children and young adults (sometimes called “Juvenile Diabetes”). Only about 5% of people with Diabetes have this form of the disease. Prediabetes does NOT lead to Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic disorder and chronic condition that causes blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise higher than normal. Risk factors include weight, sedentary lifestyle, family history, ethnicity, and age. It usually appears in older adults, but it is becoming more prevalent in children and teens. Many parents ask can prediabetes be reversed in my child’s life? Before being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, patients are classified as having Prediabetes. However, 90% of people with Prediabetes can avoid Type 2 Diabetes by embracing self-care and lifestyle changes at home.
Do people with Prediabetes always get Type 2 Diabetes?
No. In fact, 90% of people with Prediabetes can avoid Type 2 Diabetes by embracing self-care at home. That involves making lifestyle changes with the guidance of trusted medical professionals and, often, a health or wellness coach. Those who are successful at reducing their risk of Type 2 Diabetes have strategically improved the quality of their meals and increased their activity levels.
What are the symptoms of Prediabetes in adults?
Unlike Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes often has no symptoms. That’s one of the reasons why people with Prediabetes may lack a sense of urgency to make lifestyle changes. But even though the disease is invisible, it can actively cause progressive damage and take a serious toll on the body. You can find out if you have Prediabetes today using a simple form that you grade at home.
What are the symptoms of Prediabetes in children?
According to my friends at the American Diabetes Association, children and teens with Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes often feel no symptoms at all. Parents are cautioned to be aware of some developing symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children:
If you suspect that you have prediabetes, and are concerned that your children might also have this disease, I hope you will find the Create a Wellness Plan for Your Family to be helpful.
When should I call the doctor?
If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. For less urgent concerns, consult with your physician during an office visit. People with Prediabetes and Diabetes should have their blood sugar checked regularly to monitor the disease. Be sure to discuss those results with your doctor and understand any warning signs that could require immediate attention. You can print out the “Starting Line” worksheet and take that to discuss with your doctor. You’ll be his/her star patient!
What exactly is blood sugar?
Whenever we eat a meal, our bodies break down the food into different sugar molecules. The main type is glucose, which is the fuel our cells need for energy. That glucose level in our blood is what people refer to as blood sugar. Perhaps you are new to the science behind carbs, glucose, and elevated blood sugar? It will be helpful for you to learn more about balancing blood sugar in the days and months to come.
What does my A1C number mean?
The A1C test measures your average blood sugar level for the past 3-4 months by assessing the percentage of glucose attached to your hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein molecules in your red blood cells). This test is used for people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and it is usually performed 2-4 times per year as a guide to successfully monitor the disease.
What is Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia?
Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar occurs when the pancreas is secreting too much insulin in response to a rapid rise in blood sugar. It is caused in several distinct ways: a missed meal, too much exercise, or by over-eating too many “junky” foods. People suffering from hypoglycemia suddenly notice dizziness, sweating, heart palpitations, and numbness or tingling of the lips. Left untreated, hypoglycemia may even involve lapsing into a coma. Be proactive about getting medical attention.
Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar occurs when excessive amounts of glucose in the blood cause the human body to stop functioning normally. Everyone with hyperglycemia needs to understand what action to take so that their glucose/insulin balance is restored. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia is the root cause of Diabetes, responsible for the onset of the disease and the progression of complications.
Are Prediabetes tests covered by insurance?
Generally yes, but it depends on your coverage. Here’s something to keep in mind… To receive full reimbursement from insurance companies, doctors may be required to fully document the blood sugar levels of their patients with Diabetes. Make sure you take the time to develop a strong relationship with your doctor and understand how these metrics are being used to measure your success.
Why is stable blood sugar so important?
Stabilizing your blood sugar is essential for your health, energy, and weight management. The key to accomplishing that is by regulating your insulin, which means eating the right combination of carbs, healthy fats, and proteins.
Can I fight Prediabetes by simply reducing calories?
No. The best way to fight Prediabetes is by regulating your insulin and stabilizing your blood sugar. Rather than just cutting calories, it’s more important to eat the right combination of carbs, healthy fats, and proteins.
Are sugary foods my main problem with Prediabetes?
Not necessarily. Prediabetes is often the cumulative result of eating unhealthy foods and failing to get adequate exercise. Are you eating the right types of carbs? Healthy fats? Lean proteins? Cutting down on sugar is certainly a step in the right direction, but fighting Prediabetes is more about making broad lifestyle changes.
Will cutting carbs make me more healthy?
It depends. Some carbs are necessary for your body to have energy, but you’ll want to be picky about the ones you consume. Look closely at the amounts of starch, sugar, and fiber in the carbs you eat. Choose wisely and combine them with healthy fats and proteins to stabilize your blood sugar.
Does fat make me fat?
No. Healthy fats are essential for our bodies to function properly. It’s important to eat the right kinds of fat in appropriate amounts (they are typically high in calories), but we still need them. Research now shows that trying to lose weight with low-fat diets can unintentionally have negative consequences if people end up overloading on highly refined carbs. If you have a negative pattern of thinking about being overweight or feeling set apart because of your prediabetes, I hope you will take a moment to reframe your thinking about your amazing body!
How often can I “cheat” on my Prediabetes diet?
You can actually fight Prediabetes by ditching the idea of a diet and instead working to stabilize your blood sugar. That means you can stop focusing on what you CAN’T eat and start concentrating on what you NEED to eat.
Instead of cutting calories and feeling deprived, commit to eating the right combination of healthy foods. When you provide your body with the energy it needs through slow-digesting carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats, you’ll control your insulin. You’ll stabilize your blood sugar. And you’ll drop the pounds without the stress of “not cheating.”
Can I skip exercise if I just improve my diet?
Increasing your activity level is an important part of fighting Prediabetes, along with adjusting your food choices in a way that stabilizes blood sugar. But you don’t have to spend two hours every morning at the gym to make that happen. Instead, try building in more activity to the tasks you already do every day. Little changes can lead to big results.
Will I need to take medication for Prediabetes?
In most cases, physicians do not prescribe medicine to control Prediabetes but recommend making improvements in diet and exercise. However, if the disease progresses to Type 2 Diabetes, doctors typically prescribe medication and strongly encourage significant lifestyle changes. If those adjustments don’t produce improvements in blood sugar levels, patients will need daily insulin shots to keep their bodies functioning properly.
What health risks are associated with Prediabetes/Diabetes?
These striking statistics paint the true picture:
Can Prediabetes be reversed?
Yes! By embracing self-care at home (such as healthy eating and increased activity), 90% of people with Prediabetes can regain their health. Type 2 Diabetes is not a foregone conclusion just because you have Prediabetes, so you have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that can transform your future. Consult with your medical professionals, and consider getting guidance from a qualified health and wellness coach.
Where do I start to make positive changes in my lifestyle?
Get the support you need by consulting with your medical professionals and, potentially, a qualified health coach. With guidance, you can begin adjusting your diet to stabilize insulin and blood sugar. You can find the inspiration to begin increasing your activity level and reducing stress. And if you want an innovative, comprehensive way to strategically fight Prediabetes, sign up for the Solution Starter program.
Where can I find support in fighting Prediabetes?
You have plenty of options! Make sure you have a team of medical professionals you can trust, and consider getting one-on-one guidance from an experienced health coach. Reach out to caring family members and friends who can encourage you along the journey. If you are interested in joining the Solution Starter community online, we invite you to sign up for the Solution Starter program.
Solution Starter: Where Better Health Begins
When you participate in the Solution Starter Prediabetes Program, you’ll enjoy a unique, year-long program that’s educational, interactive, and even FUN! Plus, it’s been scientifically proven to get results in the fight against Prediabetes. Designed by Certified Diabetes Educator Georgianne Holland, this comprehensive program includes a wide range of valuable tools:
Coach Georgianne Holland
Certified Holistic Health Coach and Prediabetes Educator,
Food As Medicine and Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner