Being diagnosed with prediabetes is a serious wake-up call that you’re getting dangerously close to developing diabetes. The good news is that it’s not too late to turn things around. But, you need to be aware of the myths surrounding prediabetes so you can make the right, well-informed decisions.
Myth 1 – Prediabetes is not very common.
A 2015 study found that about 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes. This is about 26% of the entire population. It’s a huge percentage and the scary part is that millions of people are not even aware that they have prediabetes.
Myth 2 – Prediabetes is not that serious and is nothing to be worried about.
Many people think that since prediabetes is so widespread and since millions of people don’t even know they have it that it can’t be that serious or dangerous.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes it means you are at high risk of developing diabetes.
Don't let the “pre” put you at ease; prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing diseases, including but not limited to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Myth 3 – Prediabetes will develop into type 2 diabetes.
You will not automatically develop type 2 diabetes if you have prediabetes.
Early treatment can help to return blood glucose levels to the normal range. More about that later.
Myth 4 – There will be clear warning signs before you get prediabetes.
There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes. You may have it and not even know it.
Some people with prediabetes may have some of the symptoms of diabetes and most people only find out they have prediabetes after being tested for diabetes.
Possible symptoms may include:
* Increased urine output.
* Excessive thirst.
* Slow healing wounds.
* Tingling or numbness in the feet or toes.
Myth 5 – Diabetes is not that serious and can be cured.
The same 2015 study referred to earlier found that diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015 based on 79,535 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. And, a total of 252,806 death certificates listed diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
The figures may even be much higher as diabetes is often not mentioned on a death certificate even though the deceased had the disease.
There is no cure for diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes can be controlled to some extent through weight management, healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes can get worse over time and diabetes medications are often needed.
Myth 6 – Diabetes is only a serious disease for seniors age 65 and older.
Diabetes is more common in seniors age 65 and older but it is also a serious disease for people under the age of 65.
The American Diabetes Association has the following screening guidelines:
* Anyone with a body mass index higher than 25 (23 for Asian-Americans).
* Anyone older than age 45. And, if the results are normal, to be screened every 3 years thereafter.
* Any woman who has had gestational diabetes should be screened for diabetes every 3 years.
* Anyone who has been diagnosed with prediabetes should be tested every year.
The risk of getting diabetes is also higher among Hispanics, African Americans and American Indians.
Myth 7 – There is very little I can do about my prediabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes you can and should make healthy lifestyle changes aimed at diabetes prevention that can help to bring your blood sugar level back to normal, or at least keep it from increasing to a type 2 diabetes level.
* Eat healthy foods that are low in fat and calories and high in fiber.
* Avoid sugary and processed foods.
* Increase your activity levels.
* Lose excess weight.
Work with your doctor or a specialist to develop a healthy eating / exercise plan.
Some research suggests that you can lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes by about 58% by losing 7% of your body weight and by exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day.
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But, before I present these two supplements, take note of the following:
Minerals and vitamins or dietary supplements are not meant to be an alternative option to a healthy diet. They are purely there to supplement a diet that is lacking the required minerals, vitamins and nutrients.
Dietary supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure diseases. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under the age of 18 and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using these or any other dietary supplements.
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To your health!
Casper du Toit
CEO of LUNVA
Disclaimer: The article “Prediabetes - 7 Myths You Need To Ignore About Prediabetes” is meant for general information purposes only and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult with your healthcare professional or physician should you require any medical advice or if you are suffering from any medical condition.