Did you know that you are able to be ‘just just a little bit diabetic’? The condition is technically called ‘pre-diabetes’, and it is characterized by persistent high blood sugar levels. Pre-diabetes is a serious condition, though its symptoms might be so subtle that you don’t notice them affecting your life. More importantly, it’s an indicator that there is some thing seriously wrong with your body. Left untreated, over 50% of those diagnosed with pre-diabetes will develop Kind 2 diabetes within ten years.
If your physician has told you that you’re one of the much more than 16 million Americans who has pre-diabetes, the American Diabetes Association has some very good news for you. In March 2005, the ADA released the outcomes of the multi-year Diabetes Prevention Project. In a study that followed thousands of patients across the nation who had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, the Diabetes Prevention Project discovered that patients who lost a ‘moderate’ amount of weight reduced their risk of developing full-blown diabetes by over 58%. Even more encouraging, many of those patients had managed to reverse their condition, and their blood sugar levels were well within regular ranges.
This was a result that the researchers had not expected. Diabetes (and pre-diabetes) is the result of changes to cells in the pancreas that decrease the amount of insulin that they can produce. Doctors have always believed that those changes are irreversible. Now nevertheless, the study seems to suggest that losing weight with a healthy balance of exercise and diet can actually heal those early damages caused by diabetes.
Here’s the even better news. Those results had been achieved by individuals who lost ‘moderate’ amounts of weight – from 5-7% of their total body mass. In other words, in the event you weigh 200 pounds and have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, losing just 10-15 pounds can more than halve the risk of developing full-blown diabetes, and might reverse your condition entirely.
Here are some healthy weight loss tips from the American Diabetes Association: