“Men are less attuned to health care issues until they become sick”
There are an estimated 12 million American men with pre-diabetes. We’ll, I say getting pre-diabetes news is “lucky bad news” because if you find out soon enough to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes then you can reverse the pre-diabetic state. If you have pre-diabetes then you can and should do something about the condition. Studies indicate that people with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent by making changes to their lifestyle.
Pre-diabetes is really a silent condition that usually only reveals itself in blood tests, although some of the following may be exhibited:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Unusual thirst
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurred vision
My husband didn’t experience any of these symptoms. He has been forced to see his doctor regularly for high blood pressure medication so luckily for him this showed up on a routine blood test.
My husband has never been much interested in my passion (he calls it obsession) with healthy foods and healthy living. He has always lived by taste and taste alone. We are polar opposites.
He’s white bread and I’m whole wheat
He’s soda pop and I’m water (or red wine for the healthy resveratrol, of course!)
He’s flavor your food with salt and I’m flavor my food with Mrs. Dash
He’s cream based white pasta and I’m tomato based whole wheat pasta
This list could go on and one. The point is, all the advice in the world about getting into shape and eating healthy went right on by him until those pre-diabetes words kicked him square into the healthy zone. The thought of having to give himself insulin shots for the rest of his life, perhaps losing a limb or his vision or his libido (GASP!) got him talking about healthy nutrition and making healthy lifestyle changes in a big hurry.
If you are one of the smart men who routinely checks in with your doctor and you get this “lucky bad news” then you will no doubt want to do everything you can to avoid developing full blown diabetes. Lifestyle changes are the most important factor in treating pre-diabetes. Consider the following imperative to treating pre-diabetes:
- Eat a heart healthy diet and lose weight
- Stop smoking
- Treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol
Check back with healthymentoday.com for my next article on the nutritional changes that were successful in reversing a hard core, eat what I want as long as it’s salted and full of fat, pre-diabetic person. If he could do this then so can you and why not start before you get diagnosed with pre-diabetes?
About Today’s Guest Writer:
Lita is a health writer at HealthTopics.ca. She is also the author of The Breakthrough Secret, which is now on sale. You can find more information about her at HealthTopics.ca.
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