A Guest Post Written by Jenny Lord About being diagnosed with pre diabetes. Jenny is a qualified Midwife and mother who blogs at Midwife and Life.
Why I Cook Low GI Recipes?
When I was pregnant, I had gestational diabetes, and ended up having to inject myself with insulin. It was such a shock, because there was no family history, I wasn’t overweight and although I like chocolate and cake as much as the next person, I wouldn’t say that I was particularly excessive on the sugar front. I was devastated and thought it was my fault, but really, there’s no rhyme or reason, just a predisposition somewhere. I myself was premature, born at 32 weeks, so I’ve always suspected that may be the cause.
With my second pregnancy, I needed to modify my diet, which I had been doing, but I didn’t need the insulin. I was still classed as gestational diabetes, only diet controlled. With my third and fourth pregnancy, I didn’t get the gestational diabetes diagnosis, although I was careful with what I ate.
What Does Pre Diabetic Mean?
In the last year my blood sugar has been hovering over the borderline and now I’ve been diagnosed with Pre diabetes, which means my blood sugar levels are on the high side, but not enough for full blown diabetes. I’m on the borderline, it’s a warning sign. I’m highly likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the future.
If I can keep my weight down, exercise and eat less sugar, then I can delay or even stave off the onset. I thought if I blogged about it, researched and practiced recipes that are low GI (glycemic index), then it will help me look after myself and hopefully help others who may be in the same position as me.
I’m a bit overweight for my height, I have a BMI of 30 but I don’t do any exercise. I used to be far more active, but since having my third child I haven’t had the energy or inclination to go to the gym and since becoming a blogger (I blog at Midwife and Life) all my ‘spare’ time goes on that – my choice I know. I have to find different ways to be more active.
Pre Diabetes Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, there generally are no pre diabetes symptoms that you need to look out for. If you find you are suffering from any of the following it is possible you are moving from pre diabetes to type 2 diabetes. You may want to visit your GP to discuss things and get tested.
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
If, like me, you’re in a similar position and would like to chat about pre diabetes or share your experience, feel free to contact me over on my blog Midwife and Life.