Living with pre-diabetes and diabetes is like sitting on the fence - it can get very uncomfortable. You can fall either on the greener side or the dull side. Pre-diabetes can be avoided, but carelessness may eventually open the gates to full blown diabetes. Dr. Shalini Jaggi, Senior Consultant with Action Diabetic Centre tells us what pre-diabetes is and what you can do to prevent it from causing diabetes.
She explains the term pre-diabetes, “When one’s sugar levels are higher than normal but not as high to be treated as diabetes that is known as pre-diabetes. People who have a fasting plasma blood glucose in the 100-125 mg/dl range are defined as having impaired fasting glucose and a post prandial blood sugar between 141-199 are defined as having impaired glucose tolerance. These together are defined as pre-diabetes.”
The symptoms of pre-diabeties are:
Feeling hungry often
Weight loss or weight gain
Slow healing of wounds, weakness, and blurry vision
Infection of the gums, skin, vagina and bladder
Dr. Shalini shares some diet tips to fight pre-diabetes:
“Since pre-diabetics are at a risk of developing diabetes, they should also take appropriate measures when it comes to their diet. They should have small meals, eat moderately, have foods that are low in fat and carbohydrate content. Further, in addition to the diet, they should indulge in some kind of daily exercise or outdoor activity.”
Besides diet, fitness and healthy weight loss can help you prevent the full blown diabetic problem.
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