Type 2 Diabetes – It’s Possible to Reverse Pre-Diabetes
By Beverleigh H Piepers
Expert Author Beverleigh H Piepers
Having pre-diabetes means you exhibit many of the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes without having developed the full-blown version. If nothing else, it should serve as a warning that if you do not make significant changes in your lifestyle your condition will continue to progress until Type 2 diabetes ends up taking over your life. How prevalent is pre-diabetes? Some experts believe the actual number of individuals with this condition is as common as those who have been diagnosed with full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
In order to halt the onset of this form of diabetes, individuals with pre-diabetes should make the following changes:
1. Begin to monitor how much sugar you are consuming each day. The best way to do this is to start a food journal. This not only gives you a solid, detailed diary of what you are eating but it can also be used to hold you accountable for your food choices. But a word of warning: you have to be honest. Food journaling is only effective if you are willing to tell the truth.
2. Choose real fruit juices instead of those laden with added sugar.
3. Significantly lower or completely eliminate soft drinks entirely. These are one of the worst things your body can consume due to their extremely high levels of sugar.
4. Make sure to drink plenty of water. This is where many people, both diabetics and non-diabetics, miss out. The ideal amount of water you should be consuming is half of your body weight in ounces each and every day… even more if you are exercising.
5. Eliminate fast food. When you take into account all of the excess fat, calories, salt, sugar, additives and preservatives that are included in fast food, you see it is not only bad for you but that it also holds very little, if any, nutritional value.
6. Limit your salt intake. This is crucial because of the many health complications associated with Type 2 diabetes which can be directly attributed to a high intake of salt.
7. Limit alcohol consumption. Too much of something is never good. This is especially true of alcohol. It severely and negatively impacts the body and causes damage to organs which are already sensitive to damage due to being pre-diabetic.
8. Get moving. A sedentary lifestyle is responsible for more health issues than almost any other culprit. Not exercising as we should, opens the door for a multitude of health concerns with diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer leading the way.
Pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes are not conditions you must just live with. By making easy changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience.