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Pre Diabetes Symptoms

November 13, 2012

After years of abusing my health with a high carb diet, I started to develop prediabetic symptoms, but my fasting blood sugar was still classified as “normal” because it stayed under 100 mg/dl.

If I had relied on my blood sugar number alone as a reason for changing my diet, I could have developed full blown diabetes.

Here are the some of the pre diabetes symptoms which I believe indicate insulin resistance is increasing, and a change in diet may be required to avoid a diabetic diagnosis:

  1. Heartburn, especially during sleep; a diagnosis of GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
  2. Digestive issues. You get frequent stomach aches, and are constantly dealing with gas pain, bloating and stool issues, cycling between diarrhea and constipation.
  3. Headaches and a sore throat that comes and goes.
  4. Breathing issues, especially at night; you may have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
  5. Dizzy spells, and a feeling of being lightheaded sometimes, especially after having sweets. (This indicates reactive hypoglycemia.)
  6. Unexplained weight gain. Your eating habits haven’t changed, but suddenly you’ve put on 10 pounds. In addition, you are having difficulty losing it, even when you exercise and eat less.
  7. Blurred vision that seems to be worsening, and trouble seeing at night.
  8. A constant feeling of being tired. No matter how much you sleep, or exercise to gain strength, you feel fatigued.
  9. Frequent bouts of depression for no reason. You’ll be fine, and then you feel sad all of a sudden, without any cause.
  10. Constant joint aches, and muscle and joint stiffness when you wake up in the morning. You may even have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis.
  11. Your feet burn and your toes feel numb when you stand for long periods of time.
  12. Swollen ankles, and a general feeling of puffiness or water retention, especially if you sit for long periods of time.
  13. If you don’t eat, you get really grumpy. You may also feel nauseous and shaky.
  14. Waking up in middle of the night with your heart pounding. Often you also feel nauseated or cold. It happens more often if you’ve been eating high sugar meals. This again indicates hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
  15. Constant hunger, no matter how much you eat. You often think, “How can I be hungry? I just ate!”
  16. Frequent yeast infections, and cuts or bruises you get don’t seem to heal quickly.
  17. After every meal, you really crave something sweet, even if you are already feeling full.
  18. You have elevated blood pressure and blood tests indicate you have high triglyceridelevels, and low HDL cholesterol levels.
  19. The dentist tells you that have gingivitis, even though you brush and floss every day. You often wake up with a nasty taste in your mouth, even though you brush before bed.
  20. A groggy, sleepy feeling after meals, even when you have plenty of rest. You may have been embarrassed because you fell asleep at your desk at work, or during a meeting.

via Healthy Eating Politics

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