FACT: The majority of people who develop diabetes also had pre diabetes symptoms.
Knowing what these early symptoms are and how to recognize them in yourself can help you avoid a diabetic diagnosis down the road.
The term prediabetes is medical jargon for a condition in which your fasting blood sugar levels are higher than normal, (between 100 - 126 mg/dl) but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Blood sugars at that level may indicated worsening insulin resistance, a marker which points to an eventual diagnosis of diabetes.
The pre diabetes symptoms described below can develop as insulin resistance gets worse over time. Because of this association, this list could also be described as a list of insulin resistance symptoms as well.
Most of the information about pre diabetes symptoms comes from the American Diabetes Association and other medical websites. All these sites say is that the fasting blood sugar is between 100-125 mg/dl. However, I believe that the signs of prediabetes can be spotted even without a blood test number.
After years of abusing my health with a high carb diet, I started to develop prediabetic symptoms, but my fasting blood sugar was still classified as "normal" because it stayed under 100 mg/dl.
If I had relied on my blood sugar number alone as a reason for changing my diet, I could have developed full blown diabetes.
Here are the some of the pre diabetes symptoms which I believe indicate insulin resistance is increasing, and a change in diet may be required to avoid a diabetic diagnosis:
Many of these pre diabetes symptoms also indicate an allergy to grain based foods, such as wheat and rye. They may indicate problems with gluten sensitivity, and many may be relieved by following a gluten free diet.
I believe it's possible to reverse these pre diabetes symptoms by following the recommendations for reversing insulin resistance. This includes lowering your carb intake, and adding high intensity interval exercise to your life. You may also want to try cutting all gluten based foods out of your diet.
You may also want to buy a glucometer and start a log so you can determine which foods cause your blood sugars to spike. Knowing your personal blood sugar baseline and the effects of various foods on your blood sugar is a good way to monitor your health over time.
A prediabetes diet can be a powerful tool in regaining good health. It involves reducing your sugar and grain consumption, and learning to eat a higher fat, moderate protein diet. Yes, it is difficult at first, but it is extremely effective. To learn more about how to switch to this new way of eating, buy a good, science based book on low carb diets and read it.
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