An iceberg is a dangerous risk because of what you don’t see. Likewise with pre-diabetes. Today, more than 84 million Americans have pre-diabetes, but most of them don’t know it.
Are You Pre-Diabetic?
You can take a one-minute quiz to find out if you have certain risk factors for pre-diabetes. But, the biggest factor – the one not in any assessment – is eating a Standard American Diet.
Setting risk aside, here are some actual symptoms of pre-diabetes:
- a waist that bulges over your belt a little
- difficulty losing weight
- rising triglyceride levels
- a high blood pressure reading
- inability to free yourself from sugar or carb cravings
- chronic tiredness, especially after meals
- facial hair or gestational diabetes (female) or low testosterone (male)
- irritability, especially if meals are delayed
- memory issues
You only have to experience one of two of these symptoms to be pre-diabetic.
Why is Pre-Diabetes a Dangerous Risk?
Pre-Diabetes heightens your risk for heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, that is not the biggest concern. “Pre-diabetes is not ‘pre’ anything,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution. “It is a deadly disease.” This disease causes organ damage every second it goes untreated, including injury to the eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
How to Escape This Dangerous Risk
You may hear this advice from a doctor or dietician: first, eat right; second, exercise; and third, lose weight. That sounds great! However, eating the highly-touted low-fat diet in many cases increases triglyceride levels even more. Further, you have difficulty losing weight and are too tired to exercise because you’re pre-diabetic (see symptoms above). Like the Titanic, you seem to be sinking hopelessly.
Luckily, Nutritional Therapy Practitioners work from the inside out. Our focus is to reverse, not just treat, the condition. We make sure you can absorb the nutrients from your food and that you have high quality nutrients available to you. This foundational work gives you energy to exercise. Our therapy also balances your body so that it sheds its excess pounds naturally, even effortlessly.
If you are ready to change your life, I am ready to work with you!