Parish Nurse Update

posted Nov 30, 2011, 7:21 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
Prediabetes: It is estimated that as many as 79 million adults 20 yrs. and older have prediabetes in the United States. Prediabetes is diagnosed when your blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to diagnose Diabetes. The cause of prediabetes is not known. Researchers have found genes that are related to Insulin Resistance. Other factors that may cause prediabetes are excess fat especially fat around the abdomen and inactivity. Without treatment or intervention the prediabetic is likely to become a 
Type 2 Diabetic within 10 years. Progression to type 2 diabetes however is not inevitable. Prediabetes can potentially be reversible with healthy lifestyle changes. Guidelines from the American College of Endocrinology suggest: 1.) Eating healthy food-low in calories and high in fiber---fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. 2.) Increase your physical activity—30-60 minutes a day of moderate physical activity 5 days a week---walk, bike, or swim. The time can be broken into shorter times throughout the day also. Lose excess weight-a loss of only 5 to 10% of body weight can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. These healthy lifestyle changes remain the essential factors for preventing or delaying prediabetes from becoming Type 2 Diabetes. ( prediabetes1/11) For questions on other health issues, resources or referrals call 6359261. Blessings! Flossie Vance, Parish Nurse