Facts and Figures
- More Than 88 Million adults (1 in 3) have prediabetes.
- 8 in 10 adults don’t know they have prediabetes.
- Prediabetes can lead to the development of type II diabetes in not treated
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Diabetes is a very prevalent issue these days. What seems to be less prevalent is how we can stop or prevent it. Diabetes is the result of an inability to appropriately regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. We always need sugar in our blood but if there is too much or too little of it, we can run into some serious and potentially life-threatening issues.
The sugar in our blood is regulated by a hormone called insulin. It is the molecule that takes sugar from the blood stream and puts it into the cell, where it is used as a fuel. Diabetes is the result of one of two main issues; one is a lack of insulin, which we call Type I Diabetes Mellitus, or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. This is less common than the second issue, which is an inability to efficiently use the insulin we have. This inability leads to sugar staying in the blood and not getting into the cells where it’s needed, resulting in an elevated blood sugar level, which we call Type II Diabetes Mellitus.
Prediabetes is when your blood sugar level is higher than it should be but not high enough for your doctor to diagnose diabetes. This condition may be referred to insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance. The bottom line is that while increased blood sugar to the level of prediabetes may not get intervention from your doctor, It can have major consequences and may lead to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Most people are aware of Insulin injections as a treatment for diabetes, but in either type of diabetes, increasing insulin sensitivity is extremely beneficial. Increasing insulin sensitivity increases the body’s ability to efficiently use the insulin it has which can keep blood sugar levels safe and appropriate using less medication or no medication at all. The best thing someone can do to increase insulin sensitivity is regular cardiovascular exercise combined with eating a well-balanced diet without any processed sugar. A proper diet and exercise routine can be all that’s needed to prevent diabetes from ever being an issue. However, even if you struggle with diabetes or blood sugar issues despite a proper diet and exercise routine, there are many other things that can be done.
At Progressive Medical Center, we work to find out why your body is having difficulty regulating your blood sugar and correct those issues. We will determine the most effective strategy to help you manage your blood sugar. This might include supplemental nutrients and herbs; a comprehensive diet and exercise plan; and optimizing digestive, hormonal and overall health. Each individual has specific needs, and we will identify those needs to find a tailored plan which will help you not only effectively manage your blood sugar but also achieve all of your health goals.
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