One cannot be said to have diabetes until the blood sugar or glucose levels are higher than the normal levels. Pre diabetes is not really diabetes. This means one’s blood sugar levels are higher than the normal standards but not high enough to go beyond the threshold and be considered diabetes. Therefore, if a person is diagnosed to have pre diabetes, there is still time before it can become type 2 diabetes, which means plenty of time to do something about it.
The United States, based on research, has found that about 57 million people are suffering from this condition. With a pre diabetes diet and regular exercise, there is a good chance that it will not develop into diabetes. But before we talk about what the pre diabetes diet is, let’s discuss the different signs and symptoms of this curable condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Pre Diabetes
Pre diabetes is asymptomatic. It means it has no definite signs on its own. The symptoms that show up the most are those that are common those with type 2 diabetes. These signs are usually excessive thirst and frequent urination. Other symptoms that may show up are weight loss and/or gain and constant feeling of hunger. The person afflicted with this type of diabetes can also be weak a lot of times and have blurred vision. The limbs will be a little bit more sensitive than usual and cuts take longer time to heal. Infections in the gum and skin are also likely to occur. They may also appear more than once. People with pre diabetes can also have bladder or vaginal infections.
Pre Diabetes Diet
To help decrease the chances of pre diabetes and keep it from progressing to type 2 diabetes, one has to follow a pre diabetes diet that has reduced amount of sugar, carbohydrates, fat and calories. You will need to incorporate more fruits and vegetables to your meals. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, and green beans are high in fiber and are non-starchy. You can also add a variety of other vegetables in your pre diabetes diet.
Avoid simple carbohydrates because this might lead you to crave for more foods and gain more weight, which is bad for those who have pre diabetes. However, complex carbohydrates that are high in fiber can control the blood glucose level and keep them at a balanced level. They will help you feel full for longer periods of time after meals and make you more energetic.
Your pre diabetes diet must also non-vegetable items. Your diet must also include chicken, fish, lean meat, and turkey. Don’t forget to remove the skin of chicken and turkey when cooking them. To avoid various solid fats, use liquid oils such as olive oil and coconut oil for cooking. Solid fats promote weight gain because these fats are high in saturated and trans fat.
Above anything else, avoid eating ‘junk foods’ and high calorie foods for snack and dessert. If possible eat only a tiny amount of fried foods and try eating boiled foods instead. You’ll get less cholesterol and store less fats in the body. We all know that those people who stick to their diet mostly eating boiled foods have a lower chance of acquiring diabetes and other heart-related problems.