Do you lead a lifestyle filled with processed foods and sugary drinks and snacks? Are you overweight? Over 45? Have a family history of diabetes? Have high blood pressure? Exercise infrequently or not at all? If you answered yes to any one of those, then you are at risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes. (Note that I’m talking about diabetes type 2 here; the exact cause of diabetes type 1 isn’t known).
Diabetes is a disease where your body can’t produce any or enough insulin which results in too much sugar in the blood, or high blood glucose. Being pre-diabetic or having diabetes greatly increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, loss of toes, feet, or legs, nerve damage, and cognitive decline.
Consider these statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- 86 million American adults have pre-diabetes; almost two-thirds are unaware
- 29 million American adults have full-blown type 2 diabetes; 25 percent are unaware
- 1 in 4 American children under the age of 20 have pre-diabetes; almost all are unaware
If you live in Canada, Australia, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Bermuda, or the United Arab Emirates, then those numbers are similarly proportionate to you as well. And China, you’re right behind them!
If you think you may have diabetes or pre-diabetes, your first step is to determine your blood glucose levels. This is most often done through a fasting plasma glucose test by your health care provider. You fast for 8 hours and have your blood glucose levels measured. Normal is 60-99 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL); pre-diabetes is 100-125 mg/dL; and diabetes is 126 mg/dL and above.
If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, there is good news. All hope is not lost! Coaching may be the right choice for you.
Alternative Treatment for Diabetes
We can prevent, reverse, and manage treatment for diabetes and pre-diabetes extremely effectively through integrative nutrition, increased movement, and positive lifestyle changes. Eating more vegetables, low-sugar fruits, true whole foods, removing processed foods, eliminating soda (diet included), increasing exercise, quitting smoking, and having a positive lifestyle awareness can put you back on track to health and wellness. You have a choice and you CAN be in control.
Seem overwhelming? Implementing even the smallest steps can lead to big change. It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing.” It’s all about progress, not perfection. Find your motivator. If not for yourself, then for your children? Grandchildren? Travel? Freedom from insulin? Whatever motivates you, use it. Keep the end game in mind.
Amy Smith Health, LLC offers a wide range of wellness and health options for diabetes, ranging from one-on-one or online group coaching. We can create a holistic health plan that works for you. Contact us for a free consultation.