0:00 Stop prediabetes going into diabetes 0:25 The difference between prediabetes and diabetes 1:30 A closer look at blood sugar and insulin 3:15 Insulin resistance 5:00 What you could do 5:25 The test you need that’s never done 6:13 Symptoms of insulin resistance 8:19 Other problems with sugar
Today we’re going to talk about how to help stop a person from going from a prediabetic state to a diabetic state. This is a very important concept. The difference between prediabetes and diabetes has to do with your blood sugars.
• With prediabetes, your blood sugars are around 100-125, with an A1C of 5.7-6.4%.
• With diabetes, your blood sugars are 126 and greater, with an A1C of 6.5% or greater. When we’re talking about diabetes type 2, we’re talking about the elevation of sugar in your blood.
A normal blood sugar level should be about 80.
This is equal to about 1 tsp of sugar in all of your blood. Your body can make this sugar itself. You don’t need to consume any sugar. The average person consumes about 31 tsp of sugar every day (including carbs). Insulin acts as a filter that keeps excess sugar out of the blood. The body does not want high amounts of sugar in the blood.
Your body considers excess sugar to be very dangerous. If a person is consuming a lot of carbohydrates and eats frequently, they could have a huge amount of insulin being released. This insulin is working very hard to keep the sugar down. But, high levels of insulin are toxic to the body as well.
So, your body starts to reduce insulin by creating resistance. This is called insulin resistance. The problem is that the body still has to keep the blood sugar under control, so it begins to produce more and more insulin to try to keep the sugar at a normal level. This could go on for a long time until, eventually, the pancreas is exhausted and can’t pump out that much insulin.
At this point, if you keep consuming carbohydrates and eating frequently, the blood sugar is going to go up. This happens because the insulin is going down.
Over time this could turn into diabetes. To help avoid all of this, you can cut out the carbs and start doing intermittent fasting. Doctors are focused on blood sugars. They typically do not measure if you have insulin resistance. 90% of people that are prediabetic don’t even know. If you look down and you can’t see your feet, you may have insulin resistance.
Symptoms of insulin resistance:
• Frequent urination (even at night) • Brain fog • Can’t go long without being hungry • Cravings • Tired after meals • Tingling feet