Knowing How to Deal with Borderline Diabetes Mellitus

If you have the following : family history of diabetes, experiencing frequent thirst, hunger and urinates very often, always feels weak, then you might be having a borderline diabetes.

Who is at Risk for Borderline or Prediabetes?

Risk for borderline or Prediabetes include the following: being overweight, a family history of diabetes, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders also have an increased risk of developing diabetes during their lifetimes.

I read somewhere that in 2005 diabetes was the second leading cause of death among Jamaicans. Being of West Indian decent, I know that we eat a lot of processed starchy foods. I also know this to be true among Hispanic Americans. Both diets are similar. I am of the belief that this is one of the reasons why diabetes is very high among these groups.

Diabetes is a serious condition. The full fledged disease does have symptoms. These symptoms may include: excessive thirst and increased urination, feeling tired, weight fluctuations, blurred vision, slow-healing sores or frequent infections, and tingling of the hands and feet. If you’re experiencing any of these diabetes symptoms, please see your doctor right away. Diabetes can lead to a host of complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and loss of sensation in the hands and feet.

Most vegetables don’t affect blood sugar as severely.

The best cereals are cold cereals that is mostly fiber. For example, shredded wheat made with 100% whole grain wheat or wheat bran. I recommend the one that has no added sugar or salt.

It is said that “there is no official diabetic diet to follow”. I agree. Nevertheless, I think the recommendations above are good guidelines. It’s also a good idea to work with a dietitian, doctor or your health care team to find what works best for your own individual case.

What to Eat and What to Avoid

If you are prediabetes or borderline or a diabetic, I recommend that you watch your sugar and processed starch intake. Research has shown that starches like potatoes and white bread can raise your blood sugar level. This maybe because our body converts starch into sugar.

The reason it is wise to stay away from most cakes, crackers, biscuits, cookies, and pie crust is because they are made from processed grain (flour). Also, most cakes and cookies have a lot of sugar in them. Whole grains or legumes whole are much better for you because they are not processed thus your body breaks these starches down at a slower rate than processed grain.

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