Blood Sugar Problems and Diabetes
Below 100 mg/dl is normal
100-125 is pre-diabetes
126 or higher on two separate tests is diabetes.
Under 5.7 is normal
5.8 -6.4 is pre-diabetes.
Over 6.4 is diabetes.
These tests should be performed after age 45 or earlier if BMI exceeds 25 or if there is a strong family history.
One in four Americans over 60 years old has type 2 diabetes. By 2020, one in two Americans will have pre-diabetes or diabetes. Complications of diabetes include heart disease, peripheral neuropathy and circulation problems especially in the legs and feet, eye damage, kidney damage, brain damage and more. Instead of thinking that acquiring pre-diabetes or full diabetes is an inevitable consequence of aging, a new study indicates that the twin defects of pancreatic cell failure and insulin resistance that underlie type 2 diabetes can be reversed by diet alone in one week!
In the first 7 days of the diet, fasting blood glucose and liver insulin sensitivity fell to normal and fatty liver decreased by 30%! After 8 weeks of diet, pancreatic function increased towards normal and pancreatic fat decreased.
The individuals were 35-65 years old and had adult diabetes for 4 years or less. These results were achieved with no exercise! They drank a specialized protein shake and followed a plant based diet. There is no drug available that can produce these widespread beneficial effects. The results may have been even more dramatic with exercise. This is medical proof that no one with adult diabetes should think of their condition as permanent. Lifestyle changes cost pennies compared to the cost of the complications of diabetes.
Our FirstLine Therapy lifestyle program is specifically designed for people with blood sugar problems including pre-diabetes and diabetes. It involves a Mediterranean Diet of three meals and three snacks with even protein distribution throughout the day. The calorie level is based on your basal metabolic rate taken from a bioimpedance analysis of your body composition at each visit so there is no need to count calories. Portion sizes for all food groups are specified in the plan. A clinically tested medical food protein drink with selective kinase response modulators derived from hops extract to improve insulin function and sensitivity is usually recommended.
If you suspect you have a blood sugar problem or are concerned about Diabetes, contact us to get the answers you need.