The majority of Americans are blind to their risk of type 2 diabetes, also known as prediabetes. The onset of the disease is a growing epidemic with nearly 1 in 10 adult Americans now being labeled as diabetic. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.7 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year, affecting both adults and children; and diabetes will kill more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. What do you need to do now if you think you are borderline diabetic?
Get a Blood Test
James B. LaValle, clinical pharmacist and board certified clinical nutritionist, details in his book, “Your Blood Never Lies,” (SquareOne Publishers/2014) why a blood test is the only way to confirm the presence of high blood sugar in the body and how to read the blood test to make sure you know your level of risk.
“What’s alarming is that when you go to your doctor for this test, you could be told your blood sugar is in the normal range when in reality you may have a 50 percent chance of becoming diabetic,” said LaValle, executive chair of Metabolic Code Enterprises, a cloud-based personalized lifestyle medical solution for healthcare practitioners and their patients. “Borderline-high blood sugar should not be ignored, especially when insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are likely consequences.”
Be Aware of Potential Diabetes Symptoms
Symptoms that should elevate concern that you may be a candidate for type 2 diabetes include weight gain around the waistline, erratic energy drops throughout the day, feeling agitated or anxious between meals and feeling less mentally sharp. LaValle says that prevention is the watchword in the public health campaign to rein in diabetes and that there is well-documented scientific evidence that if you make favorable lifestyle changes you can, in most cases, prevent type 2 diabetes.
Control Carbs and Sugar
“I find that most people struggle with excessive carbohydrate and sugar consumption, which can disrupt normal glucose metabolism, but there’s a way to manage it so you don’t spike your glucose as much,” said LaValle. “One of the most interesting compounds I’ve seen in recent years is a white kidney bean extract called Phase 2 that inhibits the breakdown of starch so your glycemic index drops. It’s a way to help the body metabolize carbohydrates so there’s not a dramatic impact on your blood sugar and more importantly on your waist size.”
LaValle says Phase 2 is the only white kidney bean extract backed by numerous clinical studies for efficacy. The specific ingredient called Phase 2 can be found in numerous carb control supplements including Natrol’s Carb Intercept, Now Foods’ Starch Neutralizer, Swanson’s Phase 2 Starch Neutralizer and GNC’s Total Lean Phase 2 Carb Controller. LaValle recommends taking one or two capsules before a meal to block up to 65 percent of unwanted carbohydrates. In a double-blind, 123-participant study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Obesity, participants taking Phase 2 lost an average of 7 pounds in 12 weeks in addition to significant loss of body fat mass and weight circumference compared to the placebo group. Additionally, 73.5 percent of participants maintained their body weight for 24 weeks and reported decreased desire in sugary food cravings.
Exercise is also crucial and can improve insulin sensitivity by 23 percent. LaValle recommends a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise and resistance training, 3 or 4 times a week. Read more at http://jimlavalle.com.
Biography: “James B. LaValle, R.Ph., C.C.N., is an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, and board certified clinical nutritionist, naturopathic doctorate, with more than 30 years of clinical experience. LaValle is best known for his expertise in metabolic and integrative medicine, with extensive background in natural products, lifestyle drug/nutrient depletion, and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. He has developed health programs for the fitness industry, professional sports teams and healthcare companies.”