Updated: Jan 13, 2020
When you have been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes you have the ability to reverse the progression of this deadly, expensive and highly preventable disease.
One out of every three people have pre-diabetes, and the sooner you are diagnosed the better, so that you can do something about it and prevent development of diabetes and avoid complications such as blindness, kidney failure or end-stage renal disease, stroke, heart disease, loss of toes, feet or legs, peripheral neuropathy or painful burning and numbness of the hands and/or feet, depression, anxiety, inability to work and early death.
Diabetes takes a toll on our:
(2.) emotional health
(3.) financial health
Excess fat, especially around the abdomen paired with inactivity or insufficient activity affect insulin resistance. The more fat, the more insulin resistance you have leading to pre-diabetes and progressing to full-blown diabetes.
High blood pressure (130/80 mmHg or higher or taking medication for this), a low level of good cholesterol (HDL <35 mg/dL), and obesity often co-exist and are also related to inactivity and poor nutrition.
Diabetes prevention coaching that incorporate intensive lifestyle intervention such as nutrition and behavior change prevents progression of diabetes. Research performed by the Diabetes Prevention Research Group (2015) shows that people who change their lifestyle (exercise and diet modification) fair better(58%) in prevention of Diabetes than those who take Metformin (31%). The impact was even greater in adults 60 and older. The research reinforces the critical combination of nutrition and physical activity optimize health.
We can expect improvement in health and wellness when we address the cause of the disease, otherwise we are just managing the disease with medications for the remainder of our life.
Are you able to make the changes needed to prevent the development of diabetes and lead a healthy life, or will you be faced with life-altering chronic disease and its associated challenges and complications?
Diabetes self-management is the cornerstone of pre-diabetes and diabetes care to reduce hemoglobin A1c and prevent diabetes complications. A health/fitness coach empower their clients to make changes to improve and maintain health by improving unhealthy behaviors and following up to make those changes stick.