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BadGutGirl
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Date Joined May 2004
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 5/18/2004 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, 
I'm new on here and have a few questions about pre-diabetes and diabetes that I'm hoping to get your help with. 
 
For about 10 years now, every time I go in to see a new doctor they always listen to my list of symptoms and then suggest we check for diabetes.  I've always been told that I'm fine (in that category at least) and that some of the symptoms might be attributed to my ulcerative colitis.  BUT recently I've started to see a natropath and she's retested me and let me know that although my sugar levels are not high enough to be classified as diabetes, they are high and I am pre-diabetic.
 
Help!  What does this mean?  What actions should I be taking in order to ensure I don't develop full-blown diabetes? 
 
Any and all feedback is greatfully welcomed.
cheers
BGG

Scrappy
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Date Joined Oct 2003
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 5/19/2004 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, Girl.

First of all, it's hard to tell you what you should be doing since you haven't said a lot about yourself.  However, here are some general guidelines:

First, if you are overweight, lose it.  This will make your body more sensitive to the insulin you are producing resulting in better blood glucose levels for you.

Second, if you do not exercise, or do not exercise enough, start.  Exercise is a great way of keeping blood sugars in line, and it also aids in weight loss. 

Third, eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains rather than their refined counterparts.  Fibre, found in high quantities in these foods, helps prevent a rapid rise in insulin needs after consuming them.  Refined carbs, like those found in cake, donuts, white bread, etc., tax the pancreas.

Four, avoid regular soft drinks, fruit juices, etc.  The sugars in them enter the system very quickly forcing the pancreas to work harder to keep up with the task.  Wherever possible, drink water and eat whole fruit rather than juices.

Well, that's a start.  For further info regarding your particular case, it would probably be helpful if you see a dietician or your GP.

Take care.

Scrappy

 


countrygal
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Date Joined Jan 2004
Total Posts : 550
   Posted 6/5/2004 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I joined this site,quite a few months ago,but it's been a while since I've been on.I'm in need of new advice when I saw your thread.I don't know a whole lot.I am still learning myself.But I have Crohn's disease and Diabetes.The nutritionist had fun with me,boy.I control my diabetes with diet,but the fresh fruits and vegtables I should have for the diabetes does not agree with my Crohns.It's hard sometimes,just hang in.
GOOD LUCK,
Countrygal
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