The beginning of the year is always dedicated to getting health appointments squared away along with those “women issue” tests. Routine. Never had any serious issues. I’ve also come to take the yearly, routine blood work tests for granted. I read my test results and see the numbers in the normal range. Cholesterol is good and my risk for heart disease is low. Triglycerides are good. Heck, I even had my blood tested to make sure I still had immunity to measles.
And then, I got to this.
Whaaaat? My blood sugar has never been above the normal range. My mind goes into mild panic mode as I rack my brain to try and remember if diabetes runs anywhere in my family history. Granted, it’s only 3 points above the upper limit, but that’s higher than it’s ever been. And this was after 10 hours of fasting.
Pre-diabetes. What does that mean? Sure, I stress eat, but that’s nothing new. But one thing is for sure….I thought it would be better to get ahead of this right now. So, to Google I went for reasons why blood sugar may be high.
Sugar-sweetened drinks: Outside of the very occasional sweet tea…nope.
Trans fats and packaged snack foods: I may indulge from time to time on crackers and granola bars but, again, not frequently. Do M&Ms count? 🙂
White bread, pasta and rice: I’ve cut out a lot of white bread and rice over the years; guilty of pasta.
Fruit-flavored yogurt: Once a week in a smoothie. Will switch to something else.
Sweetened breakfast cereals: Nope.
Flavored coffee drinks: Nope.
Honey: Guilty….ever day.
Dried fruit: I love dried cranberries on salad. Guess I’ll cut back on those.
Fruit juice: Nope.
French fries: Rarely.
I didn’t think there was an over abundance of these items in my normal diet. Still, this was concerning to me since it’s imperative I stay healthy in light of Entrepreneur’s diagnosis.
My physician sent me for another test called an A1C that measures blood sugar over a three month range. Not gonna lie…I was a little on the terrified side. I’d already stripped out most of the above (except honey) of my diet for the past few days.
Whew……..within normal range. A relief for sure. The results came in on my birthday, so that was a nice present.
What this has done is make me super conscious of what I’ve been putting into my body. As a woman of a “certain age,” I know I cannot eat like I did when I was 20-something. But, I admit, I’ve been lazy about nutrition…thinking that because I don’t sit on the couch eating potato chips and drinking soda all day, I have nothing to worry about.
So, today I’m thankful for that glucose test that slapped me upside the head and got my attention.
Linking up with Thankful Thursday over at Brian’s Home.