There is an old saying that “Rome wasn't built in a day” and so was not diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic disease of the 21st century. One fine day, say at an age of 30 to 35 years you get up and find out that you have developed Insulin Resistance or pre-diabetes, isn’t this fact spooky and terrifying? The reason that you are perplexed is because according to you, you were the most healthiest person till date, as you did not develop any disease and suddenly you get a news that you are diabetic.
Prediabetes is not a disease but rather a “risk state”. Everyone who develops diabetes passes through the stage of prediabetes. Insulin Resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin and does not use it effectively. It is caused due to abundant intake of foods like pizza, burger, pasta, french fries, along with a coke which goes well with all of them. It also works well in the advent of various diseases like diabetes, stroke, hypertension, heart attack, dementia and even cancer.
Who are at risk?
If one tends to eat fast food more often and lacks in physical activity they are at a high risk of developing Insulin Resistance. Around 80 Million Indians are living with prediabetes and they are not even aware of the fact that it can be reversed. Insulin resistance does not happen in a day, the process has been well started off around 10 years back.
How do you find out if you are Insulin Resistant or Pre-diabetic?
Pre-diabetes can detected with one of the following blood tests:
the A1C test
the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test
the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)
Can pre-diabetes or Insulin Resistance be reversed?
Yes, definitely it can be reversed. One has to stop the intake of added sugar which is present in high amounts in all the processed foods and fast foods. One has to change their diet to Plant Based Nutrition Dense Diet that is filled with micronutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds which can repair the damaged cells and also help in weight reduction. This way of eating helps to restore insulin sensitivity, lower glucose numbers, restore pancreatic function, decreases the risk of long-term complications, and significantly improves our quality of life.
Take home message