Pre-diabetic is a term that means you’re headed for diabetes if you don’t change your ways. Increased blood sugars and a pancreas that’s not functioning on all cylinders can be indicators that something’s wrong with the way your body is handling sugars. Increased sugars create high triglycerides which scar the inner lining of our blood vessels. This allows plaques to form on the vessel walls and increase your risk of stroke and heart attack.
The strategy to treat this condition is two-fold. Increase exercise and decrease sugar intake. Obviously, you want to reduce sugar intake in all forms: artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, even certain fruits. Exercise is recommended at 30 minutes of vigorous exercise 5 times per week. Try to achieve at least 150 minutes per week of cardio and weight bearing exercise. Even a brisk walk counts. Try walking after dinner for 30 minutes with a loved one and all aspects of your life will improve.
Final Note- I used to falsely believe that you had to be overweight or obese to be pre-diabetic. I am a slim 183 lbs. and until having some blood drawn and checking these metrics did I know I was pre-diabetic. I have adopted a lower sugar diet and have tried to increase my exercise to daily instead of just a couple of times per week. So I encourage everyone reading this blog to get their blood checked for diabetes. It could save your life.