Prediabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be Type-2 Diabetes. According to “Diabetes Canada”, more than 6 million Canadians have prediabetes.
The hormone insulin allows your body to use sugar (glucose) converted from carbohydrate in the foods that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. High sugar diets, obesity, high stress, and inactivity can cause your cells to become resistant to the action of insulin. This result is higher than normal blood sugar readings.
Chronic high blood sugar can cause damage to heart, blood vessels, and kidneys, etc. This process may already be starting for people with prediabetes, and it worsens for those with diabetes. Some symptoms of high blood sugar are: increased thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision and headaches. Without lifestyle changes, prediabetes can lead to Type-2 diabetes, a very serious condition.
Complications tend to increase over time; the longer you have diabetes or prediabetes, the more likely you are to experience other associated health problems. This means that acting soon is important. Even just delaying onset of the disease can help your health.
Click the link to learn more about the Top 10 Symptoms for Type-2 Diabetes.
In some cases, your family doctor may prescribe medications. Fortunately, improving your diet, maintaining a healthy weight, managing your stress and pursuing an active lifestyle can bring blood sugar levels back to normal for most people.
Sometimes there are barriers that prevent you from achieving much-needed diet and lifestyle changes to balance your blood sugar. The naturopaths at CARESPACE in Kitchener Waterloo can help you implement a manageable plan for your prediabetes with a focus on what’s most important. CARESPACE naturopaths seek to understand the root cause of the condition and develop a holistic approach with targeted supplements and a manageable pace. They support you through the process to obtain sustainable results and long-term success.
Changing to a healthy lifestyle takes time and effort, but you don’t have to make all the changes at once and you don't have to do it alone. The Prediabetes Program develops for you a personalized strategy that includes coaching and support, allowing you to achieve long lasting sustainable results.
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Michael Torreiter is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. About half of Dr. Torreiter's practice is focused on Precision Nutrition — a comprehensive weight management and lifestyle program that helps people lose weight, gain weight or just improve their diet. In addition to prediabetes and diabetes, he treats a variety of conditions including digestive concerns, stress and anxiety, musculoskeletal pain, hormonal imbalance and men’s health.
Rachel Vandenberg is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is committed to getting at the root of health concerns and believes strongly in-patient education and informed decisions. She takes the time to talk with her patients about their options and supports them in the choices they make. In addition to prediabetes and diabetes, Dr. Vandenberg's practice focuses on hormone balancing, fertility and breast cancer care.