Pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes is when a person's blood sugar levels are higher than normal but still not high enough to show diabetes.
Did you know that there are 57 million people with pre-diabetes? Now, even though it is not a fixed sentence, if neglected, pre-diabetes can lead to diabetes so it should not be taken lightly.
Blood Sugar Test
Before a doctor test your blood sugar level he or she will usually tell you to fast for 6 to 8 hours so you get an accurate blood sugar result.
Normal blood sugar levels should measure between 70 – 100 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter) after the fasting glucose test. On the other hand, a person with pre-diabetes will have a blood sugar reading of 100-125 mg/dl after the fasting glucose test. Anything above 126mg/dl is considered diabetic levels.
There are three natural sweeteners that you might want to consider as an alternative to artificial sweeteners. They are Stevia ( comes from the stevia plant), Lo Han (comes from dried and fresh fruit), and Xylitol (found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables).
You should be able to find them at your local health food store or check online.
Processed meat such as pastrami, bacon, hot dogs, turkey bacon, deli cold cuts, pepperoni, cured ham, bologna, salami, corned beef, sausages, pastrami, and salt-cured fish contain Nitrates.
Nitrates themselves will not harm you, in fact they have been used to preserve the pink color in meats and to prevent a food-borne illness called botulism. However, overtime these Nitrates break down and can convert to Nitrites. Nitrites can then turn into Nitrosamines, a powerful cancer-causing chemical.
Nitrosamines have been linked to diabetes, stomach cancer, colon cancer, and a host of other cancers.
I think it is wise to stay away from most cakes, crackers, biscuits, cookies, and pie crust because they are made from processed grain (flour). Also, most cakes and cookies have a lot of sugar in them.
Whole grains or legumes whole are much better for you because they are not processed thus your body breaks these starches down at a slower rate than processed grain.
Most vegetables don't affect blood sugar as severely.
The best cereals are cold cereals that is mostly fiber. For example, shredded wheat made with 100% whole grain wheat or wheat bran. I recommend the one that has no added sugar or salt.
I also, recommend the use of barley green powder. Not only is it good for diabetes, but also lowering cholesterol, arthritis, migraine headaches, asthma, fatigue, gastro-intestinal disorders, and weight loss.
It is said that “there is no official diabetic diet to follow”. I agree. Nevertheless, I think the recommendations above are good guidelines. It's also a good idea to work with a dietitian, doctor or your health care team to find what works best for your own individual case.
Other Steps You May Need To Take
In 1996 when my doctor told me I had pre-diabetes, he said that I should read some good books on healthy eating. I took his advise and applied what I learned to my life. It worked! However, some of you reading this article may need to include other steps such as starting a weight loss program or, and starting a regular exercise program. Your exercise program should combine something aerobic and muscle strengthening. Talk to your doctor. These simple steps may be all you need to prevent you from turning into a diabetic.
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Can Nopal help with pre-diabetes?
Nopal was originally a food and has remained such throughout its recent popularity as a medicine. It is traditionally recommended as a whole food medicine, which indeed is the most effective method of treating disease.
Nopal is native to the southwestern desert regions of the United States and Mexico,and has a whole range of health benefits (all proven in numerous studies, both animal and human). These include the ability to:
* Lower blood sugar levels by blocking absorption of sugar in the intestinal tract. For more information please visit
**The above information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult withyour own health care provider.
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