This helped me understand finally the term "pre-diabetes" since both my parents have been told they are. Since there is a family history of late age diabetes on my mom's side I am ever vigilant on what goes in my mouth and ask each year for a test to be done by my doctor as preventative. Thanks SparkPeople for making information like this available to everyone to easily understand.
1/24/2010 12:42:13 AM
Very interesting and shocking article. I do have to say that I have at least a half dozen friends who have never smoked, were always moderately active to very active individuals who loved skiing, golfing, swimming, riding their bikes, etc., have never been over weight, drink very little alcohol, and have relatively healthy eating habits, the exceptions being trying various restaurants on vacations or indulging in non-typical foods on cruises. Only one in the six has a diabetic in the family. This is very perplexing to me and peaked my interest in reading this article to see if there truly is anyway to avoid this very life changing disease. One of the mentioned friends has already had several amputations and is headed for dialysis soon, one has died very prematurely, four are trying to cope with the restrictions and complications of their conditions.
12/26/2009 9:28:17 AM
I WAS JUST RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH PRE-DIABETIC , I WAS IN A WAY SHOCKED BY THIS SO I STARTED TO DO SOMETHING BEFORE IT GOT OUT OF CONTROL... MY MOTHER HAD IT AS WELL AT THE AGE I AM NOW SO I KINDA THOUGHT I MIGHT GET IT AS WELL...
I was just diagnosed as pre-diabetic. This is a good article.
12/11/2009 8:47:33 PM
The question in the quiz asked: Eating a diet high in sugar can cause type 2 diabetes, true or false? I selected true and the response was I am incorrect. I looked at the explanation and eating a diet high in sugar, fat etc...increases the risk but doesn't cause type 2 diabetes. So, I guess I wasn't totally off. Great question though.
I, too have just been diagnosed with pre-D and am changing eating habits and walking every day. I have 6 weeks to prove that I am losing weight and getting my numbers down. I am hoping that when I am retested, I will be closer to normal! I certainly did not expect to be here at this stage in my life.
My boyfriend's father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last fall and apparently other members of his family have the disease as well. I am trying to learn all I can about it since it runs in his family...he tries to watch his sugar intake and keep physically active (he's a lightweight, so the sports are all for his health and not weight loss). The various articles by Becky Hand have been so helpful! Thank you!!
I too, was diagnosed back in 2006 as being "pre-diabetic" by my Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. She told me that I needed to lose weight. I told her that I had tried everything and doing Walking Away the Pounds. Even after 3 months of faithfully recording my foods and exercising the weight would not come off.
So the CRNP recommended do the South Beach Diet as she said many of her patients had much success with losing the weight and all their "numbers" improved.
I did. I went to the "Y" almost everyday and use the elliptical machine anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour. And in 3 months time I lost 40 pounds.
Anyway, I had a reaction to something and had to be put on prednisone, and then life hit the fan last year. I put some of the weight back on but not all of it.
So I am back on the Beach again and losing. Bascially I am eating mostly "brown" stuff, whole grains, lots of fruits, and salads and some protein and walking.
And the best part about it, is that I am not craving stuff because my body is getting the nutrients it needs, and I am losing weight at the same time with walking as much as I can during the day. I got a really good pedometer. (Can't walk fast or run, got a hammertoe.) But anyway, the pedometer shows me in black & white, steps taken, calories burned, how far I went, and mph. It's a Timex pedometer and worth every penny. It is what keeps me motivated!
After seeing my 78 year old mom died from diabetic complications this past Easter, that in itself over the past few years has been motivation enough. She had a slew of health problems and went into kidney failure and ended up on dialysis. That was no life at all!
So eat lots of fruits, lots of veggies, (most all fresh, stay away from the juices, they spike the blood sugar), and the weight will come off and you will feel so much better!
If you truly want to be informed, may I suggest several books to read which will give you much understanding? South Beach Diet, YOU: On A Diet by Dr. Oz, and Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Furhman.
Bible says: "My people perish for a lack of knowledge." Be informed today! And change those numbers! God Bless you in your endeavor to become healthy!
My mother was borderline insulin dependent diabetic so this article has cleared up a lot of confusion that my doctors could not seem to explain away. I've lost 5 pounds and I'm watching what I'm eating and have almost totally cut out my sugar intake, which made my doctor happy.
After my mom's glucosometer said my fasting blood sugar was 110, my doctor said that was normal! I'm so glad this article is here because people need to take responsibility for their own health. Now that I knowI am prediabetic, I am a lot more motivated to lose weight!
I found this article very encouraging. About 1 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed pre-diabetic. I know can honestly say I pretty much practice all the things suggested in the article. I do have a couple drinks a couple times a month. Years ago I smoked now and then - don't do that either. I losing the weight -- more than 10%, getting more and more active. Learning to eat more and more healthy.
I appreciate this article. Thank you lost many relatives to diabete and I am currently watching my mother suffer with this disease. I appreciate the exercising information and I have include Leslie Sansone DVD/Videos to my lifestyle in hopes of preventing this disease from taking over my life.
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