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10 Foods That Can Help Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States, with about 29 million people who have it, another 8 million who are undiagnosed and 86 million who are considered pre-diabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, is a disease in which the body’s cells don’t use insulin properly. At first, the pancreas makes more insulin to get glucose into the cells, but over time, the pancreas can’t make enough to keep blood glucose levels normal and the result is type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes increases a person’s risk for several health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It’s also responsible for as many as 12 percent of deaths in the U.S., three times higher than previous estimates, a January 2017 study in the journal PLOS ONE found. Although genetics can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, both diet and exercise also play a big role. In fact, people with pre-diabetes who lost just 5 to 7 percent of their body weight reduced their risk by 54 percent, a study out of John Hopkins in July 2013 found. Here, experts weigh in with 10 foods that balance your blood sugar and can prevent diabete Continue reading >>

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  1. kaazoom

    I recently had my HbA1c test and it has gone up from 6% to 9% my doctor has now doubled my metformin and said it wasn't too bad, just a little blip. I am wondering if he is correct as it sounds like a big jump to me. Is a HbA1c of 9% that high?

  2. pav

    I would say that's bad as it puts you up towards the amber section of the HbA1c levels as can be seen on this link just enter your values in the converter http://www.diabetes.co.uk/hba1c-units-converter.html
    A few months ago I had 7.5 % HbA1c results and my BS levels when I tested myself were in the teens to the 20.s. Do you have a meter to test yourself, if not I would ring one of the meter companies like Bayer, Abbott Medisense, Life Scan, or Accu Chek etc as they will more than likely send you one free.
    These meters generally come with 10 strips to start you off, then approach your gp to get test strips, but this can be a post code lottery as if they will provide strips on prescription. You have a good reason to ask for strips as you need to find outs what food etc is causing the highs.

  3. Daibell

    Hi. An Hba1ic of 9.0% isn't good and I can't understand why the GP said it's a blip. By definition the HBa1c is a 3 month average; hardly a blip. That HBa1C level needs action as NICE Pathways give 7.5% as the level to stay below and the Metformin increase will have little effect. Are you on a low-carb diet? If not then adjust your diet to have, say, a max of 150gm/day of carbs. How old are you and what has the HBa1C trend been since diagnosis. If you are not overweight and quite young then let us know as your diabetes type diagnosis may need to be reviewed.

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