Sinclair Cares: Preventing pre-diabetes
Studies show more than 30 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes and those people are at a high risk for other ailments.
62-year-old Bonnie Shockey is trying martial arts to kick-start her body into processing blood sugars normally.
"I've always been concerned about it, especially after watching what my father went through with vision and feeling," said Shockey.
The statistics are startling: one in three Americans is pre-diabetic and 90-percent don't realize it,.
"We have a lot of people walking around with pre-diabetes who have no idea they are at risk for diabetes," said Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Stacy Eilers.
Pre-diabetes is defined as a fasting blood sugar level of 100 to 125.
Rising sugar levels approaching 100 and weight gain detected during a doctor visit prompted Bonnie into action.
"Getting a handle on this is really important."
"I know not everyone eats a lot of fruit, and that's OK as long as you're loading up on vegetables," said Eilers.
Nutrition education started the retiree's 60-pound weight loss.
"I just decided it was time to eat healthier and get rid of a few things and my problems started reversing themselves," said Shockey. "We believe in that pre-stage you can backup, but once you get to diabetes it's there with you forever. But, you an back up pre-diabetes and reverse it."
She's still kicking without medication, keeping her blood sugar level around 85. All while reducing her chances for cardiovascular disease, kidney ailments and Alzheimer's all of which are linked to Type 2 diabetes.
For those on the path to reversing pre-diabetes, experts recommend at least 2 and a half hours of moderate to vigorous exercise each week.