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This past Monday I went for my annual physical.  I also had some bloodwork done.  Last year, at a Health Fair that my job sponsored, I had some comprehensive bloodwork done.  They did many tests on me and I actually received a booklet with all my results.

I was diagnosed with prediabetes.  My doctor told me that 50% of people diagnosed with prediabetes will get diabetes within 5 years.  

My mom had Multiple Sclerosis, tuberculosis, macular degeneration, and ostoperosis.  My dad had kidney disease, heart problems, a brain aneurysm, and high chloresterol.  Neither had diabetes.  However, my uncle, my dad’s brother, has diabetes.

I was a bit surprised to be diagnosed as prediabetic.  I’m not overweight.  Obesity is a major contributor to Type 2 diabetes.  However I am Hispanic.  Hispanics and Blacks have a higher risk of developing diabetes.

When the nurse called with my lab results this week, she said the results were “excellent“.  I no LONGER have prediabetes!!  I’m very relieved, but I did take some steps to reverse this.

I started exercising more and being more consistent about it.  I usually exercise 3 days a week.  This week I have exercised 4 days!  I do a variety of stuff.  I work out at the gym, take a yoga class, do some walking, and do a Pilates or balance ball workout at home.  When I walk, I also bring my boys and dog with me.  I want them to make exercise part of their routine as well.

Dietwise, I bring fruits and vegetables to snack on at work.  At home, we eat fish once a week and am looking for ways to incorporate more beans into our diet.

If you would like more information about diabetes and/or prediabetes, please visit the American Diabetes Association website.

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