Medical preconditions can remain benign and never ever become a full blown disease — but that’s only if you visit your doctor. Ignorance is bliss is a dangerous way to live, as neglect can sometimes turn into something deadly serious.
For example, take a look at the medical statistics. Over 33% have prediabetes, and 58 million people have precancerous skin lesions. In addition, medical preconditions are usually found in senior citizens due to aging and weakened immune systems. It’s always a good idea to get this checked out by your doctor. Here are two pre-conditions that definitely demand attention and action.
Medical Preconditions: Prediabetes
A shocking 33 percent of Americans suffer from prediabetes. And, over 50 percent are senior citizens, aged 65 and older. Prediabetes is defined as sugar levels ranging from 100 (normal) to above 125 (type- diabetes). To see such high levels is amazing, as no one was diagnosed with this condition before 2010.
Blood sugar levels as described above, increase your risk for diabetes, which can lead to stroke and heart disease. Some symptoms to recognize are increased urination, extreme thirst, blurred vision and unintentional weight loss.
To get this under control, weight management is key. Get started on it right away. Gaining more weight could push you into the diabetes territory, whereas just losing 10-15 pounds cuts your diabetes risk by 50%.
As far as medications are concerned, they do help to control and delay full onset of the disease, but it won’t reverse it.
Several studies reported that lifestyle changes with weight loss are the most effective prevention for diabetes.
You also need to change your diet. Cut out the junk food and the alcoholic drinks. Instead, eat more fruit. Flavonoids and polyphenols in the fruit have antidiabetic properties.
Stage 1 Hypertension
In the United States, stage 1 hypertension means your systolic blood pressure — the top number — is rising into the 130s, and it’s a wake-up call. You need to get that number down.
Keep in mind that once your systolic blood pressure goes above 130, you need to make lifestyle changes. Medication is also an option.
Step 1 is to change your diet. Make foods high in potassium part of your daily meals. Such foods include potatoes, bananas, kidney beans, and wild salmon. Also important, are foods that are rich in calcium and magnesium. For example, these are foods like yogurt, dark leafy vegetables and almonds.
All of these foods help stabilize your blood pressure.
You also need to know that hypertension is called the silent killer because it’s often symptom less. This is why you must stay on top of this and monitor your blood pressure on a consistent basis.
Also, a reading of 150/90 is real danger zone territory.