Ask Dr. Deb: Pre-Diabetes

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Question:  Dear Dr. Deb,   My mother was recently tested and her doctor told her she had the beginnings of diabetes.  However, he said with weight loss, exercise, and cutting out sweets and adding more fruits and veges, she could reverse it.  Is it possible to reverse diabetes? 

Dr. Deb’s Answer:  The “beginnings of diabetes” is also now known as “pre-diabetes”. Pre-diabetes means that your fasting (no food or drink except water for 10-12 hours before blood is drawn) blood sugar is between 111 and 125. If your blood sugar is in this range, your likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes is very high unless you change your lifestyle.

 

Lifestyle changes include weight loss, increased regular (at least 30-45 minutes 4 times per week) exercise, and decreased sugar and carbohydrates in your diet.

I have seen many people return their blood sugar to normal by simply cutting out beverages with sugar (soda, teas, specialty coffees).

 I have also seen patients normalize their blood sugar with a weight loss of as little as 10 to 20 pounds. If you have a family history of Type 2 diabetes in family members, your risk is higher so watch that weight!

If you have a child that is overweight and not very active, it is important to discuss the risk for diabetes as well. We are now seeing Type 2 diabetes in overweight children as young as age 10.

We have constant temptation from fast food restaurants, sugared drinks, and high carbohydrate food choices. It is up to us to remember that our bodies are the temples for our Lord. 

Yours in Him and in health, 

Deb