“My Doctor Says I have Prediabetes”

Maybe this has been said to you yourself, or to your mother at a recent appointment.

It’s a simple name. We have heard of people with “diabetes” who need to eat sugar free foods and sometimes take insulin. Occasionally their blood sugar goes real low and you need to give them juice to revive them, like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias.

So prediabetes must be on your way to getting it? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all WebMD on you.

But let’s explore that a little more…

A prediabetes diagnosis is the point where your doctor has become aware that your blood sugars aren’t going down after a glucose tolerance test as quickly as he would like. If you continue “down this path” it will most likely develop into diabetes.

But let’s clear some things up:

Technically prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes for that matter, ARE insulin resistance. We wrongly think that it has to do with not enough insulin to bring blood glucose (sugars) down under control (because they give insulin to diabetic patients, right?)

Under closer scrutiny, the insulin is there but the cells stop responding to insulin’s demand to open the cell door and take in the glucose. So the pancreas makes more insulin, hoping that a show of additional force is more effective.

See, insulin resistance is about too much insulin because the cells are giving it the cold shoulder.

Over 80% of American adults already have insulin resistance and most are undiagnosed. Look around you – that’s 4 out of 5 in your office or at book club.

Coach Cherie Ó

By diagnosis time, you are likely to have had insulin resistance for quite awhile. We don’t get a test for our insulin response, so we have to wait until the damage appears via the glucose test. Usually by this time we can already see it manifesting in different ways.

Insulin resistance is the precursor to most of our modern day chronic diseases. I’m talking heart disease or other cardiovascular complications, Alzheimer’s disease, breast and prostate cancer. And the risk of developing insulin resistance increases dramatically with menopause.

If your doctor has mentioned concerns of high blood pressure or a fatty liver – these are symptoms related to insulin resistance – they go hand in hand.

What do you do with this information?

It’s likely that your doctor didn’t say much about it in the 10 minutes allotted for your appointment. Maybe he gave you a brochure written by one of the diabetes drug companies to take home. If you have been packing on the “menopause middle” he might have also advised you to lose weight.

He surely didn’t have time to tell you how. Exam, testing, prescribing and billing. There isn’t time for much else and certainly not for an in depth explanation about how eating and lifestyle changes can nip insulin resistance in the bud, toppling over these new health “issues” like a house of cards.

Oooh, it can be healed by food?! He definitely can’t tell you THAT because it doesn’t tow the party line.

He can (and is encouraged to) throw some prescriptions at it though to “address” the symptoms. But do not be misguided that this is a treatment or a cure. There is no medication that can do that.

I cheer and hoot and holler when I hear of a physician who refers their insulin resistant patients to a health coach like myself who is trained to deliver the required education in an easy-to-follow 12 week plan. I have seen many progressive clinics adopting this approach, and the results have been incredible.

In one clinic for example, 11 women with type 2 diabetes followed a similar program for 90 days to my Menopausal Health Reset. Without exercise, counting calories or the use of medications – their type 2 diabetes was gone. 💥

When we reduce insulin resistance with eating and lifestyle changes, and adopt these new habits for life, we are less likely to encounter the “diseases of aging” we have come to expect. You’re more likely to experience energy and vibrance, unlike nothing you have in years.

And THAT is #AgingAwesomely!

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I’m Coach Cherie Ó and I work with women over 50, using quick and simple eating, movement and lifestyle changes, designed with menopause in mind, to lose weight and bring out that super-woman inside. You may not be able to leap tall buildings, but you will feel body confident in your super, sexy bad-ass self to take on whatever comes your way, even if its just enjoying life to the fullest in your Second Half. 🧡

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