Hidden health condition could lead to heart attack or early death
What if I told you that there’s a good chance you have a serious medical condition right now — one that’s never been diagnosed.
A condition that could trigger a heart attack or stroke, and will likely shorten your life.
You’d probably tell me I’m crazy. You may even tell me you feel fine.
But your blood sugar levels might tell a different story.
According to research from the federal government, one-third of American adults are pre-diabetic — and only about 10 percent of them know about it.
Pre-diabetes means you have elevated blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
But it’s not something to ignore. Pre-diabetics are 50 percent more likely to have heart disease or stroke, and many of them develop full-blown diabetes within three to five years.
So how do you know if you’re pre-diabetic and what can you do about it?
Only a blood sugar test will tell you for sure, but you should be on the lookout for telltale symptoms, like fat that gathers around your abdomen, increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue and blurred vision.
But I’ve also found that people who have digestive issues — like lactose intolerance or feeling bloated after meals — may be on the road to developing diabetes, too. These stomach problems often signal that you’re not making enough digestive enzymes and that your pancreas is overworked.
If you’ve been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, you still have time to turn things around. But before you let some doctor sell you on prescription medication, it’s important to know that there are no approved drugs for pre-diabetes.
When docs prescribe these drugs, they’re doing it “off label.” And diabetes drugs can trigger life-threatening side effects like weight gain and damage to your heart — the very problems you’re trying to avoid.
The better plan is to have your doctor test you for deficiencies in your digestive and pancreatic enzymes. And there are simple digestive enzymes you can supplement with, like lipase, protese and amylase, that can improve your digestion and help support your pancreas.
Losing weight can also prevent pre-diabetes from advancing. Start a regular exercise routine (pick something you enjoy and that gets your heart rate up) and try eating plans like the Paleo Diet that are proven to help you shed pounds.
Pre-diabetes is a wake-up call, but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Get yourself tested, take these steps to protect yourself, and you may be able to keep yourself permanently diabetes-free.
Looming Danger: One in three U.S. adults prediabetic