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Pre-diabetes – Do I need to be concerned?

October 25, 2016

Do you know about Pre-Diabetes? I had heard about the problem of Diabetes but I had no idea that pre-diabetes was such a problem worldwide.

I met Sally Jackson through my monthly contribution to the Millers Seeing Me Project.  Sally reached out to me and as she is also passionate about health we connected immediately, (although we live on the otherside of the world from each other).  Like many midlife women Sally has also taken a leap of faith and started her own business as well as being a lecturer in the School of Medicine in Cambridge.

After checking out Sally’s website,  I knew that her philosophy of ‘promoting health from the inside out’ was something I was keen to promote.  I’m honoured to have Sally as a guest writer.

Read her informative post and then find out more about Sally at the end of the post.

Sally writes…..

Pre-Diabetes – Do I need to be concerned?

Worldwide there is a sharp increase in pre-diabetes. A staggering 81 million American adults (30%) and 1.7 million Australians (16%) are estimated to have this condition .Even more concerning is that a mere seven percent know they have it and there is a 50% chance it will develop into type 2 diabetes between 5-10 years .


But what exactly is it?

Pre-diabetes (or impaired glucose tolerance), is where your blood sugar (glucose) is raised beyond the normal range but it is not so high that you have diabetes. The problem is you will feel well and only know about it if you have a blood test.

Equally, even if you are diagnosed as having pre-diabetes you are very unlikely to be prescribed medication instead you will simply be advised to review your lifestyle. This means it’s very easy to do nothing about it.

Why should I change my lifestyle?

Because it works! By implementing life style changes you can avoid a condition which increases your risk of heart attack, kidney damage, blindness and amputation. But it’s so much more than that – the truth is whilst you might feel well you’re not perfectly healthy.

Your risk of heart attack is rising as pre-diabetes is associated with raised cholesterol and high blood pressure. The raised sugar levels can also start to cause complications’ of diabetes – damage to your kidneys, eyes and nervous system – even in the pre-diabetes period.

In Type 2 diabetes your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to meet your body’s needs, or your body doesn’t respond properly to insulin, or more commonly both. This develops in stages.

Firstly, blood sugar levels are normal when you’re fasting, but higher than usual after a meal – impaired glucose tolerance.

Secondly fasting blood sugars levels are high, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Thirdly fasting blood sugars are high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes

But here’s the good news there is increasing evidence that using lifestyle change to treat prediabetes can prevent progression to diabetes.

Lifestyle changes will reduce your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. The US Diabetes Prevention Programme has shown that reducing your weight by 6% through lifestyle change can decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a staggering 60 per cent! 

So it’s important to find out if you have it (ask your doctor for a fasting blood sugar) and then to start making those lifestyle changes as soon as possible.

A combination of regular exercise, modest weight loss and a heart-healthy diet can reduce your chance of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%.

Do some physical activity regularlyIf you are able, a minimum of 30 minutes’ physical activity at least five times a week is what to aim for .Find something you enjoy walking, swimming, running, cycling, jogging, dancing are all great. The aim, whatever you do, is to get mildly out of breath and a bit sweaty!

Lose some weight. This isn’t about trying to get to your ideal weight, any weight loss is going to help to reduce your blood sugar level and will give you improved energy levels.

Eat Healthily – Low GI Foods, low carbs and portion control

If you’d like help with weight loss, learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence I’m here to help. It takes time, but working online with you I can help you begin to eat better and become more active, and you’ll soon notice changes in how you feel, and in how you look. More importantly you’ll be developing lifelong habits, and most importantly dramatically reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

For more help please contact me at


  3. Diabetes Prevention Program.N Engl J Med 2002; 346: 393-403


Meet Sally

sally jacksonI am a nurse, lecturer and entrepreneur.  Passionate about promoting health from the inside out focusing on “looking healthy and feeling good”. I work with clients to help them optimise their health by building confidence, promoting stress management and offering a bespoke consultancy service.  Using the skills, knowledge, and experience I’ve accumulated by working in the health sector for more than three decades, to firstly understand your health concerns, and what’s causing them, and then present you with possible solutions. These often involve lifestyle changes, which I can support through coaching, and a range of pure, safe and beneficial nutritional supplements.

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  • Reply Ellen S Dolgen October 25, 2016 at 08:18

    Such great info! It is never too late to learn new habits!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 26, 2016 at 05:13

      That’s right Ellen it is never too late for anything!

  • Reply Carol Cassara October 25, 2016 at 09:10

    There’s no subsitute for healthy living. None whatsoever!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 26, 2016 at 05:13

      Pity many people don’t realise this Carol.

  • Reply Leanne October 25, 2016 at 12:06

    The older I get the more I have to work at maintaining a healthy weight – all those lovely treats have to be rationed a lot more these days and the exercise has been increased to help fight the good fight. I’d hate to end up with diabetes just because I was lazy in my health choices.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 26, 2016 at 05:14

      I know Leanne and many people do get Diabetes Type 2 because of being overweight when they get older. I’m all about moderation and enjoying our treats but also being active and eating a well balanced diet.

  • Reply Kimberly Jayne October 25, 2016 at 12:24

    Great info! My father got Type II Diabetes, but Mom has avoided it. I think I’ll have to watch out for it, of course, though if history is any guide, I won’t get it. Why? I get only the things my mother gets. It’s uncanny. Still, I’ve gained a lot of weight the last two years, and I know it’s because I haven’t been exercising. I do eat a very healthy diet, so I’m ahead of the Diabetes risk game, I guess. This is a great reminder though, especially with the holidays coming up, to get more exercise and avert the associated diabetes problems.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 26, 2016 at 05:15

      Hi Kimberly! You are on the right track eating healthy and even if you just went for a walk every day for 30 minutes that would be enough. I’m one for moderation in all things, so we can have our occasional treat but as along as we keep our diet generally well balanced with healthy and nutritious food.

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark October 25, 2016 at 16:31

    This is such good information, and it’s amazing how much difference a few little changes can make. Thanks for raising awareness of this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 26, 2016 at 05:16

      Thanks Lois. Sometimes we just need a little ‘tweaking’ and we can all do that can’t we to be healthy?

  • Reply Tamara Warner Minton October 29, 2016 at 05:06

    I was diagnosed with it years ago. I work out and watch my diet…and it works. I no longer have to take shots, just a pill.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2016 at 11:58

      That is excellent that you don’t need medication Tam, diet and exercise play such a huge part in our health and you have proven that.

  • Reply Helene Cohen Bludman October 29, 2016 at 05:12

    I have an annual checkup coming up and I hope my levels are OK.This is definitely something to be aware of.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2016 at 11:59

      Hi Helene! I haven’t had one so I need to take Sally’s advice and put it on my list. I do weight bearing exercises so that should help – fingers crossed!

  • Reply Cathy Sikorski October 29, 2016 at 07:37

    Yes..we truly need to be concerned by this condition. It woke up my sister and after several tries and really embracing better food choices and walking every day, she lost 65 pounds and is in no threat of diabetes…and her dog is happier too cause he gets 2 real walks a day now! Great info!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2016 at 12:01

      Oh that is great news about your sister, Cathy! Diet and exercise are so important to our health and I think having a dog to walk makes it a little easier as you have the commitment to looking after your beloved pet.

  • Reply Janie Emaus October 29, 2016 at 13:48

    My husband has diabetes and this is nothing to fool around with.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2016 at 12:02

      No that is true Janie. I think a lot of people take it for granted but it really is a series area of health we need to be aware of.

  • Reply Jan Wild October 30, 2016 at 11:11

    Important information and particularly as we age and the weight tends to creep on more easily and we can lose muscle mass more quickly. Now to take my own advice ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2016 at 12:03

      I know Jan, I need to listen to my own advice more but really a healthy diet and exercise makes such a difference.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 31, 2016 at 14:50

    Very good information Sally, the lifestyle change message need to be taken seriously.

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 1, 2016 at 17:12

      Thanks Kathleen I found Sally’s post very informative.

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