If you've recently been diagnosed with prediabetes, you might be wondering what’s next. Are you destined to become a full-blown diabetic or is there something you can do to prevent it?
At Sure Medical Care, we want you to know that having a higher blood sugar level than normal doesn't mean you'll become diabetic.
About 86 million people over the age of 20 in the United States have been diagnosed with prediabetes. The only way to avoid becoming diabetic is to pay attention to your body. Here are several strategies you can use to turn things around while there's still time.
Exercising is one of the best things you can do. If you're not an active person, don’t start by trying to run a 5K. Take small steps, such as stretching in the mornings or going for a short walk every day. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. Not only will it help reduce your blood glucose levels and your body fat, but it'll also improve your overall health.
Speaking of body fat, losing weight can go a long way to turning your health around. Dropping even a small percentage of your body weight can drastically reduce your chances of diabetes.
One of the best ways to lose weight, of course, is to eat a healthy diet. Eat lots of vegetables and fiber, and avoid processed foods high in calories and fat. There are dozens of great eating programs out there that can help guide you — just pick one and stick with it.
Not enough sleep could prevent you from losing weight. It also prevents your body from using insulin as effectively as it should, which makes Type 2 diabetes more likely. To get better sleep, go to bed and get up at the same time every day. You should also avoid using electronics while in bed and don't consume caffeine after lunch.
You have a much better chance of beating diabetes if you don’t try to do it alone. You should see your doctor every few months so he or she can help keep track of your progress and give you guidance. You should also try to find a group of people who want to live a healthy lifestyle, so you can support each other.
A certified diabetes educator can also give you specific help on how to prevent diabetes from occurring. The American Association of Diabetes Educators is a valuable resource to find an educator who can help you.
If you've been diagnosed with prediabetes, don’t ignore it. Treat the diagnosis as a wake-up call to change your life and habits. Schedule an appointment with our team today so we can help you stay healthy for the rest of your life.