Hello,can't think of much to say except a recent Blood test showed that I'm Pre Diabetic and has shocked me into doing all that I can to prevent it developing further.Hoping being here will be the first step I can take to keep healthy.
Hello @aviator and welcome to the forum.
It is very good that you are now aware that you are pre-diabetic and although as you say, initial diagnosis is a big shock, it is good to have the opportunity to find ways to stop progression.
It can take some time for things to sink in and to change your eating habits. i would advice not to look for quick fixes. Look for lifestyle changes which will result in an overall healthier eating pattern, that fits with you. Reviewing exercise and seeing if there is a way to increase this is also worth doing.
It is easy though to get into information overload, but as you can see from the replies you already have, there is plenty of help available here, so please ask any questions and keep posting, and it will be good to hear how it all goes for you.
Thank you for your kind welcomes . I am HypoThyroid and really went for Thyroid Blood Test check.Dr also asked for other tests to be done at the same time as I was feeling unusually tired.Vitamin,Iron levels etc all ok ,as was Thyroid checks but Dr rang to say I am slightly Pre Diabetic. No advice other than try to eat more Protein and have follow up Blood check in 6 months.I haven't had face to face meeting with Dr because of Covid 19 situation.
I'm Pescatarian which makes upping protein a bit more difficult but I have ordered some Tofu,arriving tonight. I haven't tried it for years so need to get more creative with my cooking to make it part of my diet.I am at least 1 Stone overweight so do need to lose weight and get more active too.
Yep, reducing your carbohydrate intake will help enormously and being pescatarian shouldn't prevent you doing so! Do you eat all of em, the oily sort as well as the white? And do you like a good selection of fruit & veg?
I eat mostly salmon and some tuna and can't think of any fruit and veg I don't like although I am still to try JackFruit which is also being delivered tonight. Some experiments ahead for me!
This makes me sound like a Paragon of Virtue but I also like Cake,chips,ice cream etc,hence being overweight.
You will have to make some changes to your diet and the way you live, but don't worry too much as these won't be too drastic or terrifying
It helps if you have an understanding of diabetes, even at a simple or basic level
Put simply, diabetes is the inability of the body to deal with carbohydrates properly
When we eat carbohydrates they are broken down into the smaller glucose molecules in the gut, which then pass through the gut wall and into the bloodstream
Then the blood carries the glucose around the body and it passes into the cells and organs to be used
The hormone insulin enables the glucose to pass from the blood, across the cell walls, and into the cells
When we don't make enough insulin for this to happen, the glucose accumulates in the bloodstream, and it is this accumulation that causes the problems we call Diabetes
That is why diabetics take tablets to increase their production of insulin, or sometimes inject with insulin as their levels are still too low
But if you are pre - diabetic you can improve things by making some changes
Diet - if you reduce the amount of carbohydrate you eat you will reduce the amount of glucose floating around in your blood
Note that as all carbs are broken down into glucose this reduction includes starchy things like cereals, potatoes, pasta, rice & bread, as well as the obviously sweet things like cakes & biscuits
Yes, eat a reasonable amount of protein, but the main aspect of your new diet should be to reduce carbs
Don't be afraid of fat! Latest ideas are that it is not as bad as we used to think, as long as it's good fat like olive oil and oily fish
Consider a Mediterranean diet. Yes, it can include meat, but not so much, and there is more emphasis on veg & fish
And vegetarian of course, but for any new recipes you will need to consider the carb levels. Fortunately there is plenty of advice & info.
For more advice and information -
Go to the Home Page and click on 'Living With Diabetes', then follow the subsections. There is advice, meal plans, recipes, and so on
Look through previous Threads in the Newcomers and Food & Carbs sections
A low carb diet is also known as a ketogenic diet, or keto for short. Search YouTube accordingly, there are loads of videos, in fact it can be a bit overwhelming
I've just Searched 'keto for pescatarians' on YT and there are several videos.
Just play around with the Search box and see what turns up - keto/vegetarian/mediterranean/fish/diabetic
You may well find that as you change your diet and get a bit of exercise you will lose weight, and your blood sugar, blood pressure, & cholesterol levels go down
In fact many people take the opportunity of a diagnosis to change things like weight, booze, smoking, and all the rest of it
Welcome to the forum @aviator , glad that you have found us.
You have been given loads of useful advice, so I will just encourage you to ask any questions that you have. Diabetes is a manageable condition. You have come to good place to tap into practical advice on this.
Welcome to the forum. Hopefully some of the info you've been given already will help you get started, but do ask any questions as they pop up or just come by for bit of moral support if you need it. Everyone here is very supportive and lots have been where you are now and are happy to share experiences. Keep us posted with how you get on