Get a Prediabetes Wake-Up Call

Get a Prediabetes Wake-Up Call

At home games the Cleveland Browns blast out a pregame playlist of songs that players and fans have requested to get cranked up for the game. Last season OLB Paul Kruger chose Rich Homie Quan’s Flex and cornerback Joe Haden opted for Yo Gotti’s Rihanna. Dr. Mike’s lobbying for his theme song when he gives talks, Rachel Platten’s Fight Song.  

If only a list of prediabetes risks would crank up the 86 million North Americans who have that condition and provide foot-stomping motivation for them to win the battle against it! Prediabetes isn’t to be ignored: It increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, impotence and signs of aging, dementia and cancer, as well as diabetes.

Get checked: If you’re overweight, 45+, have triglycerides above 250mg/dL, HDL cholesterol below 35mg/dL, high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes or had gestational diabetes, you should have your blood glucose levels checked. Fasting plasma blood glucose in the 100-125 mg/dL range and a reading of 140-199 mg/dL two hours after an oral glucose tolerance test indicates prediabetes.

Take action: If you have prediabetes, losing just 5-10 percent of your weight and walking an extra 150 minutes a week can cut your risk for developing diabetes by 58 percent! And a new study indicates that if you reverse fatty liver disease (80 percent of people with full-blown diabetes have fat in the liver) by cutting processed carbs and losing weight, you may help reverse prediabetes too. Then you’ll be ready for whatever your next big game demands!

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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