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Undiagnosed Problems Behind Weight Gain

prediabetes Attribution: Lorrie Graham/AusAIDAre you sick of diets that don’t work and nutrition advise that doesn’t seem to change your weight? Perhaps you feel that you’ve tried everything, and even when you do lose a few pounds it’s hard to keep that weight from coming back. You are not alone, most people who struggle with weight issues feel the same way.

If losing weight were easy we would not have an obesity epidemic in the midst of a booming diet industry. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution because each person’s body may have slightly different issues going on that are hard to pinpoint. If the ‘calories in/calories out’ diet model has not worked for you then you should consider searching for other factors that may be contributing to your weight.

Where to Start?

General practitioners have not traditionally considered diet and nutrition as part of their area of expertise because they have been trained to diagnose and treat disease. Until recently, being overweight was not considered a disease or a significant health risk, therefor many doctors don’t have immediate solutions for weight issues. However, if you struggle with your weight, it’s worth pushing your doctor to work with you in discovering any underlying issues that might be going on.

Begin by asking for blood tests for specific weight related issues. Ask to see the results of the tests on paper, because sometimes you may have a borderline issue that gets ignored. Discuss the results with your doctor and ask to be referred to a specialist if you don’t get the answers you need.

What to Look for:

Below are some health issues that can contribute to weight problems and need to be diagnosed through blood tests or other types of tests:

  • Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Adrenal problems
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Medication side-effects
  • Fluid retention
  • Auto-immune diseases

Undiagnosed Prediabetes

It’s estimated that 79 million Americans have prediabetes which most likely will lead to diabetes if lifestyle changes are not made. Risk factors increase with age, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet.

prediabetes testsThere are several types of tests doctors may use to diagnose diabetes or prediabetes. One of the most common is the Fasting plasma glucose test. After eight hours of fasting a blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL is considered prediabetes.

Prediabetes is treated by reducing carbs and sugar in the diet, improving nutrition and increasing exercise. SUGARDOWN® can help you manage prediabetes by reducing the impact of carbs and sugar in your diet while you are making the necessary lifestyle changes.

Metabolic Syndrome

It’s estimated that one out of six Americans has metabolic syndrome, which is not considered a disease but is a group of risk factors. Following are the risk factors associated with this:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Unhealthy Cholesterol
  • Abdominal Fat

These risk factors together as a group can lead to significant health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. The treatment for Metabolic Syndrome is exercise, healthy diet, and weight loss.

SUGARDOWN® can benefit anyone who needs to manage carbs and sugar in their diet. Along with other healthy lifestyle changes SUGARDOWN® can support weight management.