Prediabetes: A Dangerous “Numbers” Game with Your Health
When do you begin to worry about your average blood sugar levels? When it averages 115? 125? 135? 145? If you are showing no signs of insulin resistance (prediabetes) or type two diabetes, your average blood sugar level is typically under 100. If you obtain a fasting blood sugar level, it is typically in the 80-100 range. If you have a fasting level between 100-125, you are considered to be prediabetic and if it is above 126 you are considered to have type two diabetes.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 84 million adults suffer from “prediabetes” and another 30 million suffer from type two diabetes. There are over 1.5 million individuals who are being diagnosed with diabetes annually and now, we are seeing numerous young people being diagnosed annually as well.
Depending on how strict we follow blood sugar levels, tens of millions of us could easily be added to this growing population suffering from chronically elevated blood sugar levels. A narrow range of blood sugar averages could be considered diabetic rather than prediabetic if your average blood sugar level is just two points higher at 126 rather than 124. But, both are significantly elevated above a normal average of 100.
Why does it matter? Because, type two diabetes is one of the biggest risk factors that leads to stroke and heart attack. Vascular disease (stroke, heart attack, blood vessel disease) is by far the number one killer in America and the numbers are growing annually. And, type two diabetes is a marker of a much bigger problem that has been developing your body if you suffer from this disease. What it tells you is that you suffer from Metabolic Syndrome. As you have seen on other posts, so many people are on track for a lot of suffering and death if they cannot shut down this disease process.
The cost of treating type two diabetes is approximately $500 billion dollars per year. If those individuals with prediabetes were placed on medical treatment, those costs would rise to nearly $2 trillion per year. That would break the bank as you can see.
What is the solution? I visited the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association as well as others and their answers are all the same. They suggest that we should modify our diet as outlined in the MyPlate motif that includes carbohydrates, carbohydrates, carbohydrates. They all suggest that you need more fruits, juices, grains, starches and the like. The problem is that carbohydrates are the very cause of metabolic syndrome, prediabetes and type two diabetes.
As you learned in my second and third books, the trigger is fructose. This sugar opens the metabolic gate in just six days of excess intake and you are on your way to metabolic syndrome. And, it takes at least three weeks to close that metabolic gate in most of us.
I hear from people all the time that fruit is not a problem because it does not go into the blood stream as fast as sugar-laden beverages. That may be true for the height of your sugar spike into the blood stream, but as an article I posted awhile ago shows, type two diabetics get progressively worse when they consume fruit. The reason for this is that your stomach empties in about four hours after you eat food. You still get all of the fructose that is included in a piece of fruit and or the beverage. It is the quantity of fructose in a 24-hour period that activates metabolic syndrome, not the spike in blood sugar.
The problem with following the MyPlate diet is that if you adhere to it, you will most likely activate metabolic syndrome and be on your way to prediabetes, diabetes, and the rest of the diseases associated with this process. The quantity of fructose and carbohydrates in general, overloads the body and we are on our way to needing numerous medications for several diseases that include: high blood sugar, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, gout, kidney diseases, etc.
Am I against all carbohydrates? No! Green leafy vegetables are awesome. They have very few carbohydrates that are problematic for the human body. Consuming a treat now and again is not a problem. But, we make every day our treat day and consume hundreds of carbohydrates every single day. You see the advice and the problems that arise. The numbers speak for themselves. One third of America now suffers from prediabetes or diabetes and those numbers are going up by over a million per year. Something has clearly gone wrong with our diet.
Take a look at your diet. If you are consuming excess carbohydrates, especially the fructose-based foods and beverages, cut way back on them. Shut down the metabolic syndrome if it is active in your body. Not only is it a way to improve your nutritional health, you can prevent or reverse prediabetes.