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Your body naturally gives you many messages. It also tries to alert you in trouble situations, such as symptoms of pre-diabetes. The development of type 2 diabetes is almost always preceded by pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body's blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet at the level to qualify for diabetes. If left untreated, pre-diabetes can cause long-term damage to the body, especially to the hear and ciculatory system. This is a serious medical condition; however, if detected in time, it can be treated and possibly reversed.

Early detection is very important. If left untreated, diabetes can damage organs throughout the body, causing many serious medical problems such as blindness, kidney disease, nerve disease, limb amputations and cardiovascular disease. That makes early detection essential for the millions of Americans who have diabetes and don't even know it. Age, obesity, ethnicity and family history of the disease are some of the warning signs you should know about. If you possess, or someone you know possesses, these characteristics, be sure to ask your doctor for high blood glucose.

According to the Diabetes Prevention Program, high-risk adults who follow a low-fat, low-calorie diet and who engage in moderate physical activities such as walking briskly or riding a bike, have a much lower risk of developing diabetes than people who do not exercise regularly. They may even be able to return their blood glucose levels to the normal range. The Diabetes Prevention Program also explains that while some medications may delay the development of diabetes, diet and exercise together are more effective.

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Comment by GailTravel on October 24, 2009 at 9:59am
BRAVO!!!! Lets get t he word out! As a health professional and a woman with a strong family hisling Safelytory of diabetes, this is foremost on my mind. Unsurprisingly I have been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes many years ago. So far so good though. You may be interested in a blog a wrote recently. Traveling Safely with Diabetes. Let me know what you think!
Comment by Dana Hickles on August 29, 2009 at 12:07am
I hope more people get to read this particular post. Health is so important and I think it is taken for granted by so many people. I don't feel sick so I'm fine. But there are so many diseases that are silent and go untreated with such damaging affects. I wish that more people would take their health more seriously. When I first found out I was borderline diabetic, I thought it was the end of the world because I had to change my eating habits. The blessing is that it was detected in time, therefore, I am not on any medication. It is all controlled by diet and exercise. The key for me is to watch my carb intake and of course exercise. I go to the gym a few times out of the week for kickboxing and weight training. And I try to run a 5k once a month. I recommend the 5k to anyone. You don't have to run, you can walk it. But generally at these 5k's there are health booths set up with lots of information on disease, food and exercise.
Comment by Kimberly Coulter on August 28, 2009 at 10:58pm
Thanks Dana for this post. Hopefully more women will become more conscious of taking preventative measures to ensure that they stay healthy. I was just thinking about diet and exercise today. Though I LOVE sweets and fatty foods, I have committed to basically eliminating them from my diet because when I thought about how much exercise it takes to burn it off/cancel the bad effects its ridiculous. I have found that a lot of fruits can feed my sweet tooth and that because there are hundreds of different exercises available there is a workout routine for everyone. I recently discovered kickboxing and high impact cardio.

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