What is Prediabetes
and Can it be Reversed?
A Holistic Health Coach Answers
Your Prediabetes Questions
Being informed about Prediabetes is a key ingredient to your better health.
To help you understand prediabetes, the following are some questions I am most often asked as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Your health questions deserve answers. Read on to learn more.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition also known as Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) that may lead to Type 2 Diabetes if untreated. We can reverse it 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.
Can Prediabetes be reversed?
By this I mean that Type 2 Diabetes does not have to happen just because you have prediabetes! You can make lifestyle changes that transform your future. Consult with your medical professionals and consider getting guidance from a qualified health and wellness coach.
What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that damages the pancreas so that it produces little to no insulin. This creates dangerously high blood sugar (glucose) levels. Because of this, it typically first appears in children and young adults (sometimes called “Juvenile Diabetes”). Only 5% of people with Diabetes have this form of the disease. Prediabetes does NOT lead to Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 2 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 an over-weight, sedentary lifestyle, family history, ethnicity, and age. It usually appears in older adults, but it’s becoming more common in children and teens. Many parents ask can prediabetes be reversed in my child’s life?
Before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes is developing. However, people with Prediabetes can avoid Type 2 Diabetes by embracing self-care and lifestyle changes at home.
What are Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia?
Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar happens when the pancreas is secreting too much insulin in response to a fast rise in blood sugar. There are several causes: 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 improved. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia is the cause of Diabetes, responsible for the onset of the disease and its complications.
Does fat make me fat?
No. Healthy fats are essential for our body to work properly. For example, it’s important to eat the right kinds of fat in the right 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 have negative outcomes 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. This is to say that it’s better to stabilize your blood sugar than deprive yourself of food. 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 give your body the energy it needs through slow-digesting carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats, you’ll control your insulin [unless you have Type 1 Diabetes, in which case you’ll need to work with your doctor on supplementing insulin]. Creating a lifestyle of balanced portions of healthy food is critically important! You’ll stabilize your blood sugar. And you’ll drop excess weight without the stress of “not cheating.”
Will I need to take medication for prediabetes?
In most cases, physicians do not prescribe medicine to control prediabetes. Instead, they recommend making improvements in diet and exercise. However, if the disease progresses to Type 2 Diabetes, doctors typically prescribe medication and strongly urge significant lifestyle changes. If those adjustments don’t improve blood sugar levels, patients will need daily insulin shots to keep their bodies functioning properly. That is a KEY PART of the Solution StarterTM Prediabetes Program. We help you avoid the slide into Type 2 Diabetes!
Solution StarterTM – Where Better Health Begins
What can you do to discuss prediabetes, avoid the progression to Type 2 Diabetes, and pass along all that you learn to friends and family?
In the link that follows, I’ll tell you more about the Solution StarterTM Prediabetes Program. You’ll enjoy a unique, online program that’s educational, interactive, and even FUN! Plus, it’s been scientifically proven to get results in the fight against prediabetes. A combination of my years as a diabetes educator and a holistic health coach, this course provides the proven strategies and holistic support you need for change.
There is a bright future for you!
I hope this Q&A page has helped you begin to answer your Prediabetes questions. Remember – Prediabetes does not need to define your life. I hope you keep reading and find the free resources and service offerings inspire you to make the change you’re seeking. If you still have questions about how to get stared, we here at Holland Health Coaching are happy to help you.