Several months ago, I set some fitness goals for myself including getting more exercise and reducing my blood pressure. I’ve never been terribly ‘out of shape’ but like most people, I have a range of fitness. It was time to cycle to the healthier end of that range. The challenging part of the program was reducing sodium in my diet (my goal was no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day). I began reading food labels – a very illuminating process. It turns out that almost every packaged or prepared food is loaded with sodium. To be successful, I had to focus my diet on the perimeter aisles of the supermarket – produce, chicken, fish and to a lesser extent the whole grain breads. All the interior aisles contain most of the sodium (and preservatives). It wasn’t easy but it worked well. Basking the glory of my new fitness prowess, I told one of my partners about the evils of sodium. He told me that I was lucky that I didn’t have to worry about sugar!
In response to that, I did some research on diabetes. Here’s what I’ve learned from www.diabetes.org among other sources:
· Of the 26 million people in the US that have diabetes, 27% don’t know they have it.
· 79 million American’s have ‘pre-diabetes’ and don’t know it. Pre-diabetes means that you are on the path to get full blown diabetes. If you make lifestyle changes you could delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes but you must act quickly.
Diabetes is very bad stuff – think kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputation. Here’s what to do:
1. Go to CVS and purchase a diabetes testing kit. It costs $15. The refills for the test strips (about 3.5 cents worth of material) cost about $70 for a 30 day supply but you won’t need to buy refills.
2. Follow the instructions and test your blood sugar first thing in the morning. It should be no more than 100, preferably 80.
3. If you get an elevated reading, don’t panic. Just head to the doctor and ask him to do a A1C test. This test will tell you about the average blood sugar level in your system over the last couple of months.
Don’t do the A1C test at the drug store. Consumer Reports says tested those and found them to be inaccurate. Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes affects over 1 in 3 Americans and that stat is growing. It’s time to get tested.
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