Prediabetes is a fairly reliable predictor of Diabetes. According the research published by the CDC and well documented in research literature, many individual who are currently diagnosed with diabetes, had prediabetes for 10 years prior. “Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but it’s not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Still, without intervention, prediabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less” according to an article on Mayoclinic.org.
What can you do to possibly prevent diabetes if you have prediabetes? Here are a few steps to consider:
- Take it serious.
- Get screened annually.
- If diagnosed with pre-diabetes, have your physician monitor it every 3-6 months (depending on severity …A1C and blood sugars. Mayo clinic suggests these additional monitoring frequencies:
- “Twice a year if you have type 2 diabetes, you don’t use insulin, and your blood sugar level is consistently within your target range”
- “Three to four times a year if you have type 1 diabetes”
- “Four times a year if you have type 2 diabetes, you use insulin to manage your diabetes, or you have trouble keeping your blood sugar level within your target range”
- Consider adding a diabetes specialist or endocrinologist to your list of medical care providers if diagnosed with prediabetes.
- Consider a certified health coach with a healthcare related background who can guide you in reaching your health related goals. Companies with health and wellness programs often include coaching services for free.
- If you have a BMI of 25 or higher, aim to lose 5% to 10% of your body weight through diet.
- Eating a balanced diet
- Limit the amount saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
- Reduce calories and limit the amount of sugars and concentrated carbohydrates
- Cut calories.
- Limit sweets.
- If you have a BMI of 25 or higher, aim to lose 5% to 10% of your body weight through the addition of activity.
- With permission from you medical care provider, engage in moderate activity at least 2½ hours a week … or vigorous activity at least 1¼ hours a week.
- Don’t take an all or nothing approach to exercise.
- Engaging in activity for 10 minutes or more three times a day is equivalent to 30 minutes.
- If your medical care provider prescribed medication like metformin (Glucophage) … TAKE YOUR MEDICINE.
- Metformin is designed to reduces how much glucose the liver makes.
- Metformin can also reduce insulin resistance.
§ The condition of insulin resistance occurs when cells in the body fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. The body still produces insulin … the cells in the body are simply unable to use it as effectively, and this results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugars).
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Sources: http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20141007/screen-everyone-over-45-for-diabetes-us-task-force, http://www.diabetes.org/advocacy, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/, http://www.webmd.com/diabetes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/, http://www.bostonglobe.com/, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11460565, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin_resistance,http://www.bostonglobe.com/