Evict the Sugar: A Handbook of Prediabetes (Paperback)

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Evict the Sugar: A Handbook of Prediabetes (Paperback)

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Prediabetes is a clinical condition that occurs just before the onset of type II diabetes. It occurs when your blood sugar rises to extremely high levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed of diabetes. In the United States, no fewer than 57 million persons are affected by prediabetes.Fasting blood sugar has a normal range of 100mg/dL or less. An individual is considered to have prediabetes when his fasting blood sugar level rises up to 126 mg/dL. It suffices to say that prediabetes is marked by a blood sugar level between 100 and 125 mg/dL. Prediabetic patients have a higher risk of coming down with a heart disease. Their risk of developing a heart disease is higher by 50% compared to people who have a normal blood sugar level. On the other hand, fully diagnosed diabetic patients have a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of heart disease. It is now known that prediabetic patients can delay the onset of diabetes or even prevent it by making adequate changes to their diet and lifestyle. There's a rough estimate that more than half of people with prediabetes do develop full-blown Type II diabetes at some point in their lives.Normally, medications are not given to prediabetic patients. Instead, risk factors that may accelerate the onset of diabetes are combated and brought under control. Such factors include a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Regular exercise and intake of balanced diets are keys to maintaining a good blood sugar level. It is recommended that the patient undergoes a 30-minute non-stop exercise for five days in a week. For those who have lived a sedentary life for a prolonged period of time, they are advised to first consult with their physician before embarking on any exercise program.No specific diet has been recommended or designed for those with prediabetes. However, a diabetes diet is appropriate for individuals affected by prediabetes. Part of this includes limiting the intake of foods high in sugar, sweetened beverages, and beverages with alcoholic content and fatty meats. Nevertheless, patients are encouraged to continue with intake of healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits.Research and scientific studies have shown that the elderly are more at risk of becoming prediabetic. More than 50 percent of those above 65 years of age fall under this category. The most unfortunate thing about it is that most of the patients do not even know that they are prediabetic, it goes undiagnosed. Studies show that of every 6 prediabetic individuals, only one knows that he is in a prediabetic state. So if you are that one, then you're luckier than your peers who do not know that their blood sugar level is higher than normal.We need to understand that prediabetes is widespread, we need to know our blood sugar levels, and most importantly, we need to know that there are things we can do to prevent or delay the onset of Type II diabetes. You should agree with me on this, yes It is time we take prediabetes seriously. It is something that can be impacted on and we should start that right away. A prediabetic patient has his risk of a stroke or a heart attack increased by 50% and this occurs even before they are diabetic. It is no longer news that heart disease is the number one killer in America, so if your blood sugar level is up, then you need to do something about it.It is the aim of this book to teach, and educate on prediabetes.EVICT THE SUGAR is written in simple English, with detailed explanation of medical terms to allow for easy comprehension by readers in the non-medical field.I hope that my readers will find this book a very useful tool in the war against the menace of prediabetes and diabetes.
Ifiokobong Ene is a Clinical Physiologist Specializing in Cardiovascular and Blood Physiology.
Product Details ISBN: 9781720590415
ISBN-10: 1720590419
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: May 31st, 2018
Pages: 160
Language: English