My father was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 46. Since then, he has become more vigilant when it comes to exercising and eating healthy. My dad always says that it’s because of two reasons, first, this disease runs in the family, even my grandmother had it. And second, his sweet tooth. I can’t tell you the way my dad consumed sweets, one after the other, and at any point of time.
While it hurts me to see him being unable to eat some of his favourite foods, it makes me happy to see how responsible he is handling his diabetes by following a proper prediabetic diet.
But I always regret the fact that I wasn’t aware of the symptoms of prediabetes, which if I had known then, my father would have been free from this illness.
I don’t want anyone else to feel the same way as I do.
What is prediabetes?
It is a condition when your blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Where normal blood sugar levels range between 70 and 99 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), blood sugar levels in the case of prediabetes sit between 100 and 125 mg/dL.
According to National Urban Diabetes Survey, the estimated prevalence of prediabetes is 14 percent in India.
Since it is an asymptomatic condition, meaning a condition which fails to show the noticeable symptoms associated with it, let’s keep in mind the risk factors for the same:
- Family history of diabetes
- Sedentary lifestyle
Symptoms of Prediabetes:
According to our in-house doctor, Dr. Sidharth Bawa, following are the symptoms of prediabetes:
- Fatigue and Tiredness
- Increased Thirst
- Frequent Urination
- Blurry vision
- Tingling or Numbness in your hands & legs
- Delayed Healing of wounds
- Hunger or loss of appetite
- Dark Pigmentation around neck and armpits
- Weight loss without trying
- Frequent Infections
Consult a doctor immediately if you witness any of the above-mentioned symptoms of prediabetes.
People experiencing symptoms of prediabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes but the progression to the same can be stopped by making healthy changes such as exercising and switching to a prediabetic diet.
If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of prediabetes, make sure to adopt these changes:
Get regular blood tests and general health check-ups. A regular blood test will diagnose if you are prediabetic or not.
This is where Emoha can help. Under the Emoha Assure Care Plan, you don’t even have to worry about going to a clinic – you can get all the tests done right at your home.
Regulate your diet
While consumption of sugar-concentrated items in our diet can lead to prediabetes, switching to a diet dominated by complex carbohydrates and high-density nutrients (including proteins and healthy fats) can help in reversing the same.
What is known as a prediabetic diet should be dominated by food items that are rich in fiber such as salad, papaya, green leafy vegetables, multigrain flour, etc.
Also, high glycemic index (high sugar content) food such as grapes, mango, banana, litchi, chikoo, potato, etc should be cut off from your prediabetic diet.
Your prediabetic diet should also comprise low-fat milk and milk products.
With dietician visits under our Assure Plan, you can be certain about getting a proper prediabetic diet.
Exercise, exercise, and exercise!
Exercising and staying physically active is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms of prediabetes then making small changes such as taking stairs instead of elevators, increasing outdoor activities, doing yoga, walking to the nearest store instead of taking the car will be good enough to avoid it.
Doing light exercises and following a proper prediabetic diet can keep you ahead of this disease.
At Emoha Elder Care, we encourage elders to live a healthy lifestyle by offering a comprehensive range of services that enable elders to live comfortably at home. From 24/7 Emergency Response to daily check-in calls, monthly home visits by a doctor, support for daily hassles as well as access to exciting events and activities which keep them active and engaged, we have all the needs of an elder covered.
The monthly visits by a doctor, physiotherapist, and dietician under our Assure Plan not only ensures your body vital check-ups but also provides a record for speedy emergency response.
So get that blood sugar test done that you’ve been postponing for so long.
Call 1800-123-445555 to know more!