Dealing with diabetes – Times of Oman


Prediabetes: Prediabetes is a condition in which the blood sugars are higher than normal range , but it’s not high enough to be considered as type 2 diabetes . In simple terms its termed as border line diabetes.
Symptoms of Prediabetes:  Common symptoms are tiredness, excess thirst, blurred vision, post meal drowsiness. But many individuals have no symptoms.
Steps to treat prediabetes: IT IS REVERSIBLE
•Eat a healthy diet and lose weight. Losing 5% to 10% of the weight can make a huge difference.
•Exercise regularly. Choose something you enjoy, like walking  or cycling . Try to get at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You can start with less time and increase your way gradually.
•Stop smoking.

THE MOST COMMON OPTED WAYS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

1.SKIPPING MEALS OR EATING ONE MEAL A DAY (OMAD DIET): Eating one big meal a day results in fatigue, disorientation, gastrointestinal disturbances constipation and causes nutritional deficiencies. It is not a right choice.

2. KETO DIET: Keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein, very  low carb diet . A rapid short term way to weight loss which is not suitable for all . As body needs carbohydrates to perform the body functions, cutting off carbohydrates for long period of time results in deficiencies and the most common affect is renal dysfunction when not followed accurately. People who have Dyslipidemia, proteinuria, kidney disease, liver disease and  females with pregnancy , lactation and adolescents in growth period should avoid keto diet. Not recommended for all . Can be opted for rapid short term weight loss after medical evaluation.Not ideal for prediabetes.

3. INTERMITTENT FASTING: Intermittent fasting 16:8 is a time-restricted way of eating where an individual fast for 16 hours of the day and only consume food within an eight-hour window. Remember during intermittent fasting one can drink water, black tea , green tea without sugar in 16 hours avoiding food, Some people follow this diet daily, while others choose to do it a few days a week for weight loss,  intermittent fasting can be used for a range of other health benefits its known to improve heart health and lowers blood pressure. Its is good but should…



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