If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means you have a blood glucose (sugar) level that is creeping up. Your level isn’t high enough yet to be called type 2 diabetes, but it is abnormally high. The condition is basically a warning that screams, “Pay attention! Danger ahead!” That’s because your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased with prediabetes. And once you have diabetes, it never goes away.
But here’s the good news: If you act now, you can slow this trip toward diabetes. You may even be able to stop it altogether.
Taking a safer route
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), you can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent if you:
- Lose just 7 percent of your body weight, or about 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds.
- Exercise moderately–taking a brisk walk, for example–30 minutes a day, five days a week.
These may require turning off the TV, prioritizing schedules to make time for exercise, and eating and shopping in a new way. A healthy diet is one that cuts back on calories and fat and emphasizes low-fat or nonfat dairy products; whole grains; lean meats; dried beans; fish; and lots of fruits and vegetables.
By taking positive steps now to control prediabetes, you can put yourself on the path to better health–a path that just might lead to a life without diabetes.
To learn more about prediabetes, visit the ADA website at www.diabetes.org. Search for “prediabetes.” You can also go to HealthNet.com and research conditions.