Your blood sugar is still “in the zone” on paper. And your doc hasn’t dropped the “D” word on you (yet).
But don’t rest too easy, my friend. Because while you don’t have diabetes, you may NOT be in the clear.
There’s a common condition shared by close to 90 million Americans. And it could leave you facing some of the biggest diabetes risks, including heart disease and early death, without having been diagnosed with the disease.
Yet most people not only don’t know they have it, but they’ve also never even HEARD of the condition. I’m talking about PREDIABETES.
And new research finds the condition is far from a harmless step on the way to diabetes. It’s a REAL and DANGEROUS condition with risks of its own.
And today, I’m going to reveal precisely how to tell if you have prediabetes. And I’ll give you the tools you need to turn it around if you do.
How to determine if you’re prediabetic
Prediabetes is supposed to be a warning sign, not a risk. It’s when your sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be classified as diabetes yet.
If your doctor has given you a test to measure your blood sugar, take a look at the results and compare them to these numbers to find out where you stand.
On the glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test:
- Below 5.7 percent is normal
- From 5.7-6.4 percent is prediabetes
- 5 percent or more on two tests is type 2 diabetes
And with fasting blood glucose:
- Below 100 mg/dL is normal
- 100 to 125 mg/dL is prediabetes
- 126 mg/dL or more is type 2 diabetes
Now some doctors will warn you to get your act together the moment you hit the “prediabetes” range.
But many won’t say a word until you reach the upper ends of those ranges… until you’re almost at diabetes. And new research reveals how that could be a deadly mistake.
Because anywhere in that “prediabetes” range means you’re ALREADY facing serious risks.
Reverse prediabetes and reduce your risks
If you’ve had any kind of heart trouble already, prediabetes will increase your risk of heart disease by 37 percent. And your risk of death skyrockets by 36 percent over three years.
But you could be at risk even if you’ve never had a problem with your ticker. In folks with NO HISTORY of heart troubles at all, prediabetes can increase the risk of heart disease by 15 percent and death from all causes by 13 percent over a decade.
Those are your risks. But they’re NOT your destiny. And now it’s time to get busy reversing them.
You already know the basics. Start by quitting super processed foods, ditching junk sugar and carbs, and getting back to a natural diet.
Concentrate on generous helpings of fresh fruits and veggies, highlighted with some delicious organic or grass-fed proteins. Eating this way, you’ll naturally start to lose any extra pounds you’ve been carrying around. This can help reset your blood sugar.
Eat more fiber, which has been shown to improve blood sugar control and reduce body weight. Good choices include lentils, navy beans, black beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas.
And consider adding a curcumin supplement to your routine. One study found curcumin may help stop prediabetes in its tracks, keeping it from turning into the full-blown disease.
But there’s ANOTHER way to get quick and easy help, and I’ll have more on that coming up later this week. Keep an eye on your email!
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