Diabetes and Prediabetes
Prediabetes is a wake-up call that yo're on the path to Diabetes. But it's not too late to turn things around. If you have it (like 86 million other Americans), your blood sugar (glucose) level is higher than it should be, but not in the diabetes range. People used to call it "Borderline" diabetes.
Normally, your body makes a hormone called Insulin to help control your blood sugar. When you have prediabetes, that system doesn't work as well as it should. You might not be able to make enough insulin after eating or you body might not respond to insulin properly.
3 Key life changes to make now
Life changes can help many people with prediabetes delay or prevent it from becoming diabetes
In a large research study called the DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM, these changes cut the odds of geting diabetes;
WEIGHT CONTROL: if you're overweight, your prediabetes is more likely to turn into diabetes. Losing even 5% to 10% of your body weight makes a difference.
EXERCISE: Get moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day, such as cycling, brisk walking or swimming. Studies show it helps prevent and manage diabetes. Aerobic exercise the kind that gets your heart rate up is ideal. If you're not active now, check with your doctor first.
Nutrition: Go for meals that mix low-fat protein, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit calories, servings sizes, sugar and starchy carbs. Favor fiber-rich food, which elp you feel full and not eat too much.