There are seven things you can do – starting now – to reverse prediabetes and get on the path to better health.
Prediabetes is a real condition where blood sugar levels are high, but still below the type 2 diabetes threshold. Eighty-six million Americans have prediabetes, but most don’t know they have it. There are no clear symptoms until more serious medical complications occur, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
You may have prediabetes if you:
*Don’t get regular weekly exercise (150 minutes a week)
*Eat sugary, fatty foods or consume sugary drinks
*Are age 45 and older
7 Steps to Take Now
The good news is prediabetes is reversible. Stop prediabetes from becoming diabetes with these seven actions steps, courtesy of Web MD:
- Move more. Becoming more active is one of the best things you can do to make diabetes less likely.
- Lower your weight. Losing just 5 percent body weight can cut your chances of getting diabetes by more than 50 percent.
- See your doctor more often.
- Eat better. Load up on vegetables and add more high-fiber foods.
- Make sleep a priority. Not getting enough sleep regularly makes it harder to lose weight.
- Get support. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle is easier with people who have the same goals.
- Choose and commit. Pledge to do your best most of the time.
One in four people age 65 and older is diagnosed with diabetes. Many more have the disease and don’t know it. Take steps today to protect yourself.
Choose an activity you enjoy (such as walking or swimming) and do it for about 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Check with your health care provider before starting an exercise program.
2. Eat healthy.
Load up on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy sources, and lean protein. Incorporate more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds into your diet and experiment with seasonings such as cinnamon.
3. Lose weight if needed.
Just a 5 percent weight loss is proven to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
4. Stay on top of your regular screenings, including eye exams.
Know your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index numbers.
5. Take medications for diabetes and other chronic conditions as prescribed by your health care provider.
6. Quit smoking.
It increases your risk of diabetes and makes it more difficult to manage the disease if you have it.
Get the latest strategies on preventing diabetes and managing symptoms to take control of your health, avoid emergency care, and enjoy an active, independent lifestyle.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects more than 25 percent of people who are 65 years and older. Diabetes is characterized by having too much glucose, or sugar, in the blood. Some sugar in the blood is okay, but too much sugar is dangerous.
Our bodies get glucose – or sugar – primarily from the foods we eat. If our body works the way it should, glucose moves from our bloodstream into our cells where it is converted into energy. Insulin is a hormone that helps facilitate this process. Unfortunately, our body does not always work the way we want it to. Diabetes sets in when we don’t make enough insulin or the insulin does not do what it should, and too much sugar stays in the blood.
Diabetes can cause serious damage to the body if not managed properly, contributing to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, and amputation. In fact, nearly 30 million people who have diabetes as a primary condition need emergency care, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s a disease that requires a tremendous amount of monitoring and self-care.
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