“Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Prediabetes” and Other Myths Busted
Being diagnosed with prediabetes can really throw you for a loop.
And understandably so.
It’s nothing to take lightly.
Having prediabetes puts you at risk for:
- Heart disease
- And of course, Type 2 Diabetes, which itself comes with the risk of damage to the eyes, kidneys and nerves.
And each year, more and more people are diagnosed with prediabetes.
And when they get the news, there are so many questions that come up.
You may be in the same boat – or knew someone who is.
- Can I get can rid of this? (yes, it is possible)
- Do I have to swear off all sugar for life? (nope)
- Will my kids get this? (new research shows lifestyle intervention can help outweigh genetic risk)
Over the years, I’ve heard all of these questions and so many more.
In this blog, I’m breaking down the Top 3 Myths About Prediabetes – and Debunking the Bejeebus Out of Them.
I’ve put them into the comments I’ve heard from oodles of clients over the years.
Maybe you can relate to some of them – they’re super common – and totally debunkable.
Let’s do this.
Myth #1: “If only I didn’t have that pop/chocolate bar/other sugary goodness, this wouldn’t have happened to me. I’ll cut out sugar for a couple months, then go get checked again.”
Let’s get one thing straight:
You did not “give yourself” prediabetes.
A person doesn’t develop prediabetes from eating too many Oh Henry’s or downing a can of Coke a couple times a week.
Prediabetes is the result of different “malfunctions” in the body.
There are “metabolic malfunctions” that happen.
You combine those with a family history, an unhealthy lifestyle including poor nutrition and inactivity and you’re going down really bad path.
The cycle continues and the metabolic disruptions get so much worse.
Plain language translation?
The shit hits the fan.
And it’s not just what YOU do or eat.
There’s a genetic risk of Type 2 Diabetes meaning if you have a parent, sister or brother with diabetes, this places you at higher risk of getting it than someone who doesn’t have that risk.
So if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, it’s not a guarantee that your children will get it.
There is so much we can do with lifestyle interventions to massively reduce the risk of developing prediabetes.
Now of course, you can’t just cut out a few sugary items and expect all to be well.
To reverse prediabetes, you need an intentional eating plan to lose 7% of your body weight and keep it off.
You need a lifestyle approach with whole-foods, not a “quick fix” detox.
No one food gave you prediabetes and no one food will reverse it.
Myth #2. Goes something like this:
“I have high blood sugars! Man, I do not want to have to deal with having diabetes. I gotta get rid of this ASAP. I’ll just cut out all my carbs. My friend did it and lost a ton of weight.”
Now, I totally get where you’re coming from with this one:
You have prediabetes.
You know prediabetes is a hop-skip and a jump away from Type 2 Diabetes.
And so, you want to know:
How can I get rid of this? (Preferably by tomorrow.)
And this quickly becomes the conversation of weight loss and then, naturally, what to eat.
Then comes the Google-ing.
After a couple late night Google sessions though, you become completely overwhelmed with the amount of information out there about carbs, blood sugar and weight loss.
You have everyone and their dog giving you advice about what to do and what not to do.
You are completely confused and end up leaving the grocery store with nothing but milk and bananas.
And feeling totally defeated.
And understandably so!
There is no shortage of information out there.
You can read about:
- What to eat
- What NOT to eat
- How often to eat
And the list goes on…
But let me clear it up a bit for you.
The bottom line is this:
You can reverse prediabetes.
We know there are strategies, related to how, what and when you eat to reverse your prediabetes.
I know this to be true in my own practice too.
This will get you started with an intentional eating pattern to start you on the path to prediabetes reversal.
Myth #3: “How did this happen? How did my blood sugars go high overnight? If I’d had known, I would have done something sooner.”
Now this comment is the one that causes me to wince a little inside.
Because I know I would feel the same and the other reason being there probably was something they could have done.
If you have prediabetes, you likely had years of climbing blood sugars.
I’ve seen this time and time again.
I’ve been helping people manage their blood sugars and lose weight for over 10 years now.
Over the years, I’ve looked a a lot of blood work results.
And a pattern turns up very quickly:
Most of the people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes had years leading up to their diagnosis of higher than normal blood sugars.
Client after client, day after day, I would meet people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and they’d be understandably floored:
- How does this happen?
- Why me?
- What the heck am I supposed to eat?
- Do I have to inject insulin?
The point being people with type 2 diabetes likely had a period of time where their blood sugars were higher than normal.
And when you know you have prediabetes, you can do something about it!
The issue is that you may not have known your blood sugar levels were abnormal.
But there is silver lining.
If you know you have prediabetes and you can do something about it.
And your ability to reverse it is real.
Without pills or supplements or extreme “dieting”.
Incredibly, up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by eating the right foods at the right time.
Working with me one-on-one, you have an even great rate of success, which makes sense because I take people through a complete lifestyle intervention program with a high level of accountability.
And remember that you did not do this to yourself and you can reverse it.