Do you think you are safe because you are not overweight?
Do you think you are safe because you eat healthy?
Do you think you are safe because you exercise 4-5 times a week?
Let me be the bearer of bad news, my wellness friends, that you are not. I happily give this bad news if it means I can save one person from being in the situation that I have found myself in.
Let me tell you a story….
This face. This body. This Girl. THIS is prediabetes.
If that doesn’t stun you, then it should. I am 5’7, 130 pounds, BMI of 20 (BMI is just dumb because it doesn’t account for muscle, but 20 is even on the lower end of healthy, so far from overweight let alone obese).
This girl – she has spent the last 7-8 years focusing on health, exercise, eating healthy, living healthy.
This girl – she does not eat added-sugar, candy, sweets or packaged foods.
This girl – she does not eat a lot of carbs OR fats. She eats a well-balanced diet.
This girl – she works out 4-5 times a week and has for many years (with some lull periods).
This girl – she is prediabetic.
This girl is me.
By the year 2050, they predict 1 in 3 Americans to have Type 2 Diabetes.
If you are thin and fit (like I am) do NOT think that it will not be you.
Why did this happen? I don’t know honestly. What I do know is that I’ve had Gestational Diabetes 4 times (with insulin) and “they say” that each time makes you more susceptible to Type 2 Diabetes.
I never gained more than 30 pounds for each pregnancy and ate healthy (I had to in order to keep my blood sugars down for the baby).
But why??? Maybe it’s the 35 years of eating S.A.D. (the Standard American Diet). If you don’t know how dangerous the “Standard American Diet” is, then we need to talk.
I’m 42 now, you’d think that 7 years would have straightened out my body. And I KNOW that it has in many ways. I can only imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t gotten smart and changed my ways.
Maybe my body just doesn’t produce enough insulin. Maybe those 35 years wrecked my cells and they just need longer to heal. I don’t have the best genetics in this arena, but that’s no excuse because we can turn our genes on and off.
You know what they tell people who have prediabetes? Same thing they tell people with Type 2 Diabetes:
Lose weight (none to lose, thank you)
Eat Healthy (check)
Exercise (double check)
So the frustrating part? What is there to do for ME? How can *I* alter my path?
Well, I’m not going to let this run me off the track. I WILL figure it out and I WILL find out what I can do to make sure that I do NOT end up with Type 2 Diabetes. This will be my crusade. It has to be – for me AND my family.
Did you know that Type 2 Diabetes is considered the “gateway” disease? It is the start of so many other diseases (like heart disease) and cancer. It is not discriminant and affects every organ and body system.
Find out for yourself! Check your blood sugar. Have a doctor check. Stop putting off your health. Type 2 Diabetes kills. It is reversible, but stop it before it gets there. *I* need to stop it before it gets there.
Type 2 Diabetes is not a disease for the just the obese. It doesn’t discriminate there either. But when I have no action items in terms of the normal way to reverse prediabetes (because I don’t fit the “mold”), well, then I will do what I do best – research, learn, and FIX.
You are only promised today. Make the change.