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Do You Know What Your Blood Sugar Is?

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Do You Know What Your Blood Sugar Is?

Do You Know Your Fasting Blood Sugar Level?
By Nurse Kimberly

 

Earlier this week the Centers for Health and Disease released a report stating that almost 26 million Americans have diabetes. What’s worse is that almost 7 million are not even aware they have the disease.

 

An estimated ninety percent of Americans suffering from diabetes are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. When a person has Type 2 Diabetes their body is not able to use insulin effectively, hence a condition known as insulin resistance.

 This debilitating disease is different than Type 1 Diabetes. In Type 2 Diabetes the body is still able to produce insulin. So why does someone whose body still makes insulin develop insulin resistance? There are many different reasons and the research surrounding Type 2 Diabetes is ongoing. Some of the most commonly mentioned causes and risk factors that are associated with developing Type 2 Diabetes are lack of physical activity, being overweight, family history, and previously having gestational diabetes.

Then there are those who are classified as having Pre-diabetes. Having pre-diabetes increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and increases your risk of having a stroke. What does it mean to have Pre-diabetes? A normal fasting blood glucose level is below 100. A fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 is called pre-diabetes. Any fasting blood glucose level greater than 125 is called diabetic. So, do you know what your fasting blood glucose level is?

If you do not know then you should! Make an appointment with your physician and find out. Those who are experiencing pre-diabetes can eliminate their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes. You can’t change your genes, but you can change the types of foods you eat and your level of physical activity. A study done by the CDC two years ago showed that over 56 million Americans were prediabetic. I wonder how many of those 56 million were unaware they were pre-diabetic and went on to develop Type 2 Diabetes.

Prevention is key. Find out your fasting blood glucose level. You do not have to become a victim of a completely preventable disease. If you need help learning what foods to eat download the My Family Plate Starter Kit.We put it together to give people a healthy jump start that’s simple. It’s never too late to make some healthy lifestyle changes. Making simple changes in your diet and everyday life can help prevent many chronic diseases.

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