I feel that instead of focusing on the right medication to bandaid the end-results of untreated metabolic syndrome, the US should focus on prevention of type 2 diabetes. We are quick to diagnosis the chronic disease and prescribe a cornucopia of medications for blood sugar, cholesterol, hypertension after the fact, when the fact is…..it takes YEARS to develop type 2 diabetes. During the years leading up to the diagnosis of diabetes, the condition known as pre-diabetes is reversible!
Prediabetes, a genetically mediated predisposition to the over-release of the fat gain hormone insulin, causes years of fat deposits both “on” and “in” the body. Excess insulin leads to belly fat, love handles, and back fat. It also leads to the excess circulating fats: cholesterol and triglycerides. Increases in body fat and circulating fat effect a person’s blood pressure. Hence, a person with untreated pre-diabetes will eventually develop the whole package: overweight, high cholesterol/high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. My goodness…..what a preventable mess!
Not only is pre-diabetes reversible, it can be diagnosed from one simple and cost effective blood test: fasting blood glucose OR hemoglobin A1C. Fasting blood glucose between 100-125 is prediabetes; pure and simple! Hemoglobin A1C from 5.8-6.5 is prediabetes; pure and simple!
Once a person knows they have prediabetes, the simple lifestyle changes including diet/exercise (see http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com) can prevent the advancement of the disease to irreversible type 2 diabetes.
Not only does a person with pre-diabetes suffer from advancing health problems, but also experiences: fatigue, carb cravings, depression/anxiety, irritability, poor short term memory, restless sleep, midline fat, difficulty losing weight, easy weight gain, decreased libido, blurry vision, dizziness, headaches. Pre diabetes effects a person’s quality of life and health until one day…..comes the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is an irreversible, chronic disease that can cause permanent damage to the eyes, nerves, blood vessels, heart, kidneys, brain.
My point: it’s time to spend some quality time focusing on prevention. This deadly disease can be prevented!
Please join me in getting the word out and asking your physician to screen you and your family for pre-diabetes ASAP.