I was just diagnosed with pre-diabetes with a strong family history of diabetes. I am at a healthy weight and eat pretty well already. So I am wondering if this could be because I inherited it or because my exercise regimen is inconsistent. How important is heredity in determining whether or not someone goes from pre-diabetes to diabetes?
There is really no one answer for this, Shadowlite.
My suggestion to you is to listen carefully to the pre-diabetes warning, and start doing something NOW! I didn't, because I was very stressed in my teaching job, working long hours, and not eating as healthy as I could...WITH no exercise. I knew I had a family history, my mom and grandmother both had diabetes, as well as my mom's sister. I had been very healthy, exercising and eating the right foods for years, but this one year, I ate fast foods and did no exercise. I had candy in my classroom, too, that I would eat as I worked on school stuff. I ended up getting diabetes...with my weight gain of 18 lbs.
Now, I'm exercising every day, and eating much more healthy. I was able to stay off medicine for four years, being REALLY CAREFUL. I started eating a "little" more when I was exercising heavily in zumba. I "just" started Metformin a few weeks ago. This is a disease that you have to keep on top of. You can't depend on medicine or anything to keep your numbers lower. You need to take a diabetes class(they have them at some local hospitals), go see a dietician for guidance,check labels and carb levels, AND exercise. Find something you love. I love to dance and swim, so I do swim aerobics, zumba(4x a week), and ballroom and other dancing. I also hike on weekends sometimes with my photography. Start now! Calorie King.Com has carb levels on line, so you can get an idea of how many carbs you are eating at each meal. Talk to your doctor or a dietician on how much you need for each meal. I stay within 35-45 carbs, which may be a lot for some people. Snacks...10-15...You might be able to hold off getting diabetes full blown if you take care of it now.
I see you said you're at a good weight and eat healthy. That's good. Check out what you mean about eating healthy though. You might be having too many carbs at one time. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you still get diabetes. It's how well your pancreas is working. You might need medicine at some point. IF it's just tweaking what types of foods you're eating, you might be okay for a while.
Hi Phototaker, You gave me a lot of good advice and information. I have already started making changes, like exercising more and being more aware of carbs. I'm hoping I can have a better reading in 6 months.
Hi, congrats on taking action now! I have recently begun using a web site called sparkpeople www.sparkpeople.com , to track my eating habits. It's trackers (there is an exercise tracker too), are really easy to use and will help you see how many calories, carbs, and other nutrients you are eating each day. If keeping track is helpful to you, then I suggest this web site. Laurie
I've heard of this site, may have even checked it out at one point. I do track my food, having lost my excess weight with Weight Watchers. I think, as said to me in another reply, I am eating too many carbs, too many simple carbs, too. I have started watching that. Thanks for the tip
I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes for decades. During that time I developed heart disease, kidney stone problems, frequent bladder infections, constant yeast infections, had problems keeping off weight, became obese, sometimes fainted if I waited too long before eating, was ill more often than I was well, started having nerve pain and developed neuropathy. My doctor got fed-up with the 5 hour or lesser hour fasting glucose testing by drinking that terrible sweet liquid and having your blood checked each hour and ordered an A1C test which indicated I had and still have Diabetes 2. Had this test been done decades earlier by other doctors I'd seen before him, I perhaps could have avoided the amount of health problems and pain suffered with being so-called pre-diabetic. My diabetes is controlled by Metformin now, which is working well for me and I've lost a tremendous amount of weight.
Keep up your healthy weight and eat very well and exercise if you are able. I no longer trust the classic testing and strongly believe that if someone has diabetes in their family, which was predominant in mine, that they should skip the classic test and go for the A1C blood test. Ask your doctor for it, especially if you are having any problems at all, such as I had, that are classic diabetes symptoms. I am sorry about your diagnosis and wish the best of luck to you.
Shadowlite, you've gotten some great answers. It is IMPERATIVE to watch one's carbs when diagnosed with something like this.
All of our foods have carbs in them except for proteins and fats. Yes, even your veggies. Some more than others.
Wonderful idea to keep track of what you eat. I was diagnosed as an "uncontrolled diabetic" and had to do the very same so my doctors could see how foods affected my blood glucose.
Eating right (healthy) and exercise are great treatments at keeping this at bay.
It really is hard to say about heredity and diabetes. You will hear arguments from both sides. IMO, it does and can happen. My mother was an insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetic. I am too. Both of us underweight at time of diagnosis. I have one sibling who was diagnosed, but does not need insulin. No excesive weight, either. The other siblings have not been diagnosed. I tell them to keep a watch and be careful with what they eat.
Please read Dr. Dansinger's columns. Very helpful information.
You have a meter to keep watch over your blood glucose levels? Very helpful in determining which foods affect your BG's.
This is my first time that i am visiting this Forum. Its quite informative and related to my problem, I do work in ware house and my most of job while siting on chair but I am fed up of all these and really felt Depressed, I don't know what is the treatment for this and If any cure available in medical science please let me aware of this.
A man found out he was a diabetic.This man started a raw vegetable diet after finding out he had diabetes. He makes 6 meals a day and does not have this condition any longer. No Bread, Rice, Sugar, Fruit, Cheese. Look at the information on the back of all the packages and see if there is Sugar or carbohydrates. If there is then do not purchase them. You need to also look up : Fig leaf extract, Cinnamon oil and Flax seed. There are remarkable properties that can remove and control the insulin in your body. Good Luck PS: Important to drink 64 ounces of water every day
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