I am 10 kilos overweight and self-conscious about it, I try to eat well and blog about it – the truth is I love food – who doesn’t?!
My greatest fear came when I found out I was prediabetic.
I remembered listening to people saying there was no cure for diabetes, and the only way is to manage it. I was not satisfied with what I heard; I set out to do my research. For the last four years and more, I started reading anything I could about diabetes. I found out that there is a cure. People are being cured of pre-diabetic conditions or type 2 diabetes every day. After four years of research and many interviews with many doctors and healthcare professionals, I have finally cured my diabetes condition. Here is what I did that you could.
Lower your A1C
A1C is the measurement used to indicate blood glucose levels. This is a simple blood test that will measure your glucose levels for the past three months. This test will help your physician with understanding your blood glucose levels (A1C) and to what extent that this measure needs to be decreased.
Tips to lower your A1C measurement are:
- Balance your diet over the day.
- Eat carbohydrates in small amounts over the day rather than at one meal.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. This can be broken down into smaller amounts but should total to at least 30 minutes. Try simple things to start like walking up the stairs, playing outside with the kids or taking a short walk after each meal.
Lower your blood pressure
High blood pressure leads to problems with kidney function, heart attacks, vision, headaches and stroke. To lower blood pressure:
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
- Avoid alcohol
- Eliminate tobacco
- Reduce the amount of salt consumed
- Keep your weight in a safe range
Lower your cholesterol
The first step to monitoring your cholesterol is to understand what your score is now, and what your doctor recommends that your score should be. If you need to lower your cholesterol, try:
- Eat fewer fats. Try broiling or grilling lean meats, eat skinless chicken, fish and turkey regularly. Use low fat or no-fat dairy products as much as possible. Read labels and look for foods that are prepared without fats. Avoid anything deep-fried; try searching for baked items instead.
- Eat fiber daily. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, oatmeal and lentils are all great sources of fiber. Read package labels to determine what variety or brand offer the most fiber per serving.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
- Exercise regularly. Steady exercise like walking, swimming or cycling is excellent, and some weight lifting or muscle building exercises are also beneficial.
By monitoring your blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure, you will help control the risk of cardiovascular disease that is prevalent in women with diabetes. The tips listed above will not only help with the three factors but will also help make your diabetes more manageable as well.
The best part is, not only did I cure my pre-diabetes, but my husband, my sister, and a couple of friends have also cured theirs with the information I provided. Now that I am healthy, I am eating a regular proper healthy diet, at least most of the time, but I do still indulge in things like pancakes, pizza, and fried Shrimp once a while! It is so good to be able to eat again.
(ed: HFP markets a product that the writer did not use at the time. You can see at healthfitplace.com/halki-diabetes/)