Valentine Day is day known for a lot of sweets. Sweet kisses and sweet candies. This year, 1.7 billion dollars were spent on candy. This includes 58 billion pounds of chocolates. As sweet as it is, this amount of candy and calories all rack up to cause health concerns. We would like a moment to touch upon diabetes today.
- How do you know what your risk of having diabetes will be? Should you be on therapy to lower your risks? What are the best ways to check your diabetic risks?
- To calculate your Diabetic Risk, click here and have your recent height and weight ready.
This calculator will give you your risk percentage of having diabetes.
- Educating yourself on risk factors for having diabetes is a crucial first step.
- Unsure what Glucose or Glycated Hemoglobin or HgA1C is?
o Glucose: The energy build block in your body. It is normally lowest right before a meal and highest after eating. In Diabetes, the blood sugar is not regulated properly and often spikes in patient even if they are fasting, cause symptoms in multiple organs.
- The normal value of fasting glucose is 100 mg/dl or less. Less than 140 mg/dL two hours after eating.
- Patients with type 2 diabetes have a fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL or more. A normal blood sugar level after a meal is less than 140 mg/dL. Patients with type 2 diabetes have a blood sugar level of more than 140 mg/dL 2 hours after a meal.
o Glycated hemoglobin: When glucose is high, it attaches to hemoglobin in red blood cells. This act as a great marker to measure hyperglycemia for at least 3 months.
- People without diabetes usually have hemoglobin A1c test between 4% and 5.6%. Hemoglobin A1c levels between 5.7% and 6.4% indicate increased risk of diabetes, and levels of 6.5% or higher indicate diabetes.
o What are the complications of diabetes?
Retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy, hypertension, heart attack, gastroparesis and much more.
- What kind of numbers do you want?
||Fasting Plasma Glucose (mg/dL)
||Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (mg/dL)
||6.5 or above
||126 or above
||200 or above
||99 or below
||139 or below
Two of the biggest things you can do to lower your risk of diabetes is to eat a healthy diet and exercise daily.
- Daily exercise is highly encouraged. We recommend 30 minutes to 1 hour of aerobic exercise. This can include jogging, walking, swimming, or biking. The benefits of daily exercise will not only make you feel better, more confident and happier but it will ultimately prevent disease and unnecessary trips to the doctor.
- The old saying of “we are what we eat” has truth to it. We get out of our bodies what we put into them and how we care for them. New research points to a plant based diet reducing the risk of heart disease and many cancers. We also highly encourage a diet low in salt and carbohydrates. For numerous tips on what to eat , tasty recipes, and exercise please take a look at our book online, From Our Heart To Yours,