It’s not often I share my personal health secrets with the world (!) but a couple of weeks ago, I went to see my Doctor about the fact that I had been feeling tired and run down, and had some bloods taken. Last week, I got the results back that I’d been dreading… I have pre-diabetes (borderline diabetes). For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a state of ‘impaired fasting glycaemia’ (where fasting blood sugars higher than normal, but not quite high enough for diabetes) or ‘impaired glucose tolerance’ (blood sugars are raised after eating, but not quite high enough for a diabetes diagnosis). Whilst the term ‘pre-diabetes’ is not recognised by the World Health Organisation, it help to identify people at risk of developing diabetes soon. Despite not being overweight or having a family history, I had gestational diabetes whilst pregnant with my two girls – and whilst I had this risk factor, it’s still come as a complete shock. The worrying fact is that each year, 5-10% of people diagnosed with this condition get type 2 diabetes. A sobering thought, and I don’t want to be one of them. It’s also thought (according to diabetes.co.uk) that there are 7 million people walking around with pre-diabetes, many of whom don’t even know it!
So why am I sharing this? Well firstly, so I don’t have to explain myself when I decline the cake at our next coffee morning, or decline the sweet dessert at our next dinner party… but also because I know that I’m not alone with them, and some of the recipes and product reviews I will be publishing over the next few months will no doubt pertain to helping me (and you) to manage this condition, and prevent it turning into diabetes. If caught early enough, pre-diabetes can be reversed. I hope my recipes and information will also help those of you trying to reduce your sugar and/or carbohydrate intake to help with healthy eating and/or weight loss.