Boy, did I get a surprise last week. My doctor’s office called to say my blood work came back fine except for my A1C test — the one that provides information about a person’s average level of blood glucose (blood sugar) over the past three months. It is the primary test used to determine if you are pre-diabetic or have diabetes itself.
An A1C level anywhere between 5.7 to 6.4 means you are in the pre-diabetes range. Mine was 5.8. If it had been between 6.5 or above, I would have full-blown diabetes. My A1C test showed I am pre-diabetic. The good news is I can lower it with a little effort. I can do what I preach and teach to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes from developing in my own body. Those with pre-diabetes (currently one out of three people) are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years if they do not make lifestyle changes immediately to prevent or delay it. The changes include losing a small amount of weight along with increasing physical activity.
The Type 2 Diabetes, CDC-approved Prevention Program that I facilitate is proven and powerful, so now I must practice what I preach.
My game plan is to follow these steps:
- Set a weight-loss goal. I am not overweight but with my recent cracked toe injury, I have gained a few pounds.
- Follow a healthy eating plan by reducing my calories and making better food choices.
- Be more active each day. Because of my toe injury, I have had to wear a “boot” shoe for the past eight weeks. Since warmer weather has arrived, I can ease back into open toes shoes and sandals. I will get back to jogging three times a week and go to yoga twice a week.
- Keep track what I eat and drink and how long I am active daily. Check in with my own health coach twice a month.
- And return to my doctor in six months to have another A1C test in lieu of getting on the drug, Metformin. This is a pill that helps control your blood glucose levels. But Metformin, like virtually all the pills out there today, have side effects, which I’d rather avoid.
With a little more effort of eating right and exercising again I will get my blood-glucose level back to normal. It’s not easy, but is anything worth having easy? And my health and quality of life long into the future is worth it! How about you?