Pre-Diabetes: Signs and Prevention
What is pre-diabetes?
Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. However, without intervention, pre-diabetes can become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. If you have pre-diabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes – especially to your heart and circulatory system — may already be starting. Here’s the good news: Progression from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes isn’t inevitable. With healthy lifestyle changes — such as eating healthy foods, including physical activity in your daily routine and maintaining a healthy weight — you may be able to bring your blood sugar level back to normal.
STEP ONE: Know the Risks People who fit the following descriptions are more likely to develop diabetes: – Overweight – Exercise fewer than three times a week – Have a brother, sister or parent with diabetes – Gave birth to a baby who weighed more than nine pounds – 45 years old or older – African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic American/Latino, Pacific Islander.
STEP TWO: Find your healthy weight If you’re overweight, you’re more likely to get pre-diabetes. By losing 5% to 7% of total body weight, you can lower your risk. A good diet can lower your weight and improve overall health.
STEP THREE: Choose the right foods. Eat More: – Fruits and vegetables – Legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.) – Whole grains – Unsalted nuts – Lean meats. Eat Less: – Salty snacks – “White” carbs (like white bread, pasta and rice) – Sugary drinks – Saturated fats and trans-fatty acids.
STEP FOUR: Get Active Even light exercise like walking or swimming can make a huge difference. Try and make regular activity part of your routine.
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