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 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.

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Annemarie Aburrow

Annemarie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a first class honours in Physiology with Nutrition. She went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, leading to registration as a Dietitian. Between 2005 and 2013, Annemarie worked for the NHS in a wide variety of clinical and community roles. More recently, she has specialised in health promotion and prescribing support. She has particular experience in obesity management (both adults and children), diabetes, nutrition for the under 5s and nutritional supplement prescribing. In 2013, Annemarie left the NHS to set up her private practice 'Expert Dietitian'. She now works as a freelance Dietitian, offering private consultations in Hampshire, telephone and Skype appointments, corporate nutrition consultancy and bespoke training. She has a growing portfolio of project work, including working with her local council to provide nutrition training and expertise to Early Years settings, article writing, work with schools and running training/workshops. Annemarie is a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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