Prediabetes: What Can I Do To Prevent Diabetes?
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I am a huge fan of horror movies, as is my daughter. Ever since she was very young she just loved those old corny movies with the monster chasing people around with a hatchet.
Some people are very scared when they watch those types of movies however. I used to take my wife to see a horror movie and would come home with my arms bleeding she would squeeze them so tight.
Different people react in different ways to situations. Storms scare some people and some people love to be out in them.Snakes scare some people and some people have them as pets.
It is all about perspective if you are scared of something.
The same thing goes for diabetes. Some people are very scared about having the disease and others pay no attention to it.
I think there should be a balance in our perspective of this disease.
We should all be aware that it is a serious matter, but also know that with proper diet, exercise and sometimes medicinal therapy, a long and relatively normal lifestyle can be achieved.
Respect is what I think we should have for diabetes. Not an admiration but the recognition of the power of something.
Diabetes is a very serious disease. The potential it has to take away sight, limbs, even life should be respected but I don’t think it should be feared.
Fear causes stress.Stress is not good for the body, especially those with diabetes.
Stress, both physical and mental, can send your blood sugar out of whack.
When you’re stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s needed most.
Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can’t fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugars.
People who aren’t diabetic have compensatory mechanisms to keep blood sugar from swinging out of control. But in people with diabetes, those mechanisms are either lacking or blunted, so they can’t keep a lid on blood sugar.
So my advice is to respect prediabetes, but don’t be afraid of it.