During the fall of 2012 I was diagnosed with prediabetes. The summer of 2012 was a hellacious one for me on a personal level. My boyfriend at the time decided that he no longer wanted to be in a relationship with me and that I had to move out. About a month after that break up and I had been in my new living space for a couple of days and my younger brother passed away from complications of his type one diabetes. Add in the craziness of a political cycle at work and it was a recipe for a complete mental break down.
By the end of the summer I was hospitalized for my depression and during that time the doctors noticed that I had elevated fasting blood sugar levels. When I was released, they suggested that I be tested for diabetes. And sure enough, I was right on the cusp of being diagnosed as type two diabetic.
As I’ve become more of an endurance athlete, I’ve discovered that there is not a whole lot of information on the web and in other avenues about how to manage prediabetes. As I don’t fit the particular guidelines for controlling prediabetes; I am not overweight and I am already physically active. I have done some diet tweaking over the past few years, but I know that there are many more things that I can do to improve upon how I fuel for training and races. Part of my goal with this blog is to share a bit of what I have learned through my own journey of trial and error in managing my prediabetes through nutrition while chasing and achieving my running dreams.
Also, here’s a link from the Mayo Clinic explaining prediabetes.