Prediabetes is when your glucose levels are higher than normal but below the levels that indicate diabetes. Nearly 40% of adults in America are living with prediabetes. although 80% are unaware that they are currently pre-diabetic. This is important for 3 reasons:
- Having prediabetes puts you at high risk for developing diabetes.
- Having prediabetes dramatically increases your risk for stroke, heart attack, stroke, and dementia.
- Prediabetes is treatable and often curable.
Understanding Prediabetes and How To Reverse It
Prediabetes may sound like a minor problem, but it indicates your metabolism is not working properly. People with prediabetes have too much sugar and energy available for the body to handle efficiently. This leads to high insulin levels, but the cells are already full of energy and have turned down their ability to respond to insulin. This is called insulin resistance.
Havingincreased insulin levels leads to fat accumulation – which leads to more insulin resistance – creating a negative feedback loop that eventually leads to diabetes in 70% of people with prediabetes.
Prediabetes can be present for years without producing any noticeable symptoms. As a result, it can go undetected until type 2 diabetes sets in. Getting your blood sugar tested regularly is essential if you think you’re at risk of prediabetes. Some common risk indicators for prediabetes are:
- Excessive body weight – overweight or obesity
- Being more than 45 years of age
- A family history of type 2 diabetes
- Low activity levels or sedentary lifestyle
- Previous history of gestational diabetes
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Individuals from some ethnicities are at greater risk of developing this condition than others. Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and African Americans have greater risk for prediabetes.
If you have prediabetes, you should know that reversing prediabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes is entirely achievable. The primary goal for reversing prediabetes is to lower insulin levels and reverse insulin resistance. This requires reducing energy intake and fixing your metabolism. There are seven tools for fixing your metabolism:
- Healthy nutrition
- Regular physical activity
- Avoid toxins such as tobacco and excess alcohol
- Restorative sleep
- Manage stress
- Stay connected – socially and to your purpose
- Medications when needed
HealthspanMD™ Can Help You Reverse Prediabetes
If you’d like help to reverse prediabetes, prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, or are concerned you are presently prediabetic, contact us for a consultation. HealthspanMD™ specializes in working with people like you to provide the personalized, comprehensive, and connected care needed to reverse prediabetes and lower the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and stroke. Call our offices in Phoenix, Arizona, for an appointment today.
Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE, has extensive experience in treating patients who want the best treatment to lower the risk of the complications of prediabetes , get the best chance to reverse prediabetes, and avoid diabetes. He established HealthspanMD™ to help patients live long, healthy, and vital lives. He brings over 25 years of experience at respected institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and the Banner Heart Institute. With over 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 delivered educational presentations, he continues to be an active part in advancing heart health and providing leading-edge care for his patients.