Are You At Risk For Pre-Diabetes?

20 Nov 2018

Borderline diabetes, also called pre-diabetes, is a condition that develops before a person gets Type 2 diabetes. It’s also known as impaired fasting glucose or glucose intolerance. It basically means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but they’re not quite high enough to be considered a sign of diabetes.

Having pre-diabetes doesn’t mean you’ll definitely develop diabetes. However, it is already a warning. People with pre-diabetes have a 5 to 15 times higher risk for type 2 diabetes than someone with normal blood sugar levels.

Any of these risk factors can increase your chances of developing prediabetes:

 

 – being overweight or obese
 – being inactive
 – having high blood pressure
– having high cholesterol
– having a close family member with type 2 diabetes
– giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

Pre-diabetes is a silent condition, so getting a regular wellness check-up is important for early detection. If left unchecked for a very long time, it may develop into Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes has several causes: genetics and lifestyle are the most important ones. It can be hereditary but that doesn’t mean that if your mother or father has (or had) type 2 diabetes, you’re guaranteed to develop it. Instead, it means that you have a greater chance of developing it. While we may not be completely in control of our genetics, we can delay the on-set of type 2 diabetes or increase the probability of preventing it through lifestyle change.

THE POWER OF LIFESTYLE CHANGE

Studies on Diabetes Prevention looked into how lifestyle changes could help prevent diabetes. The findings should give people at risk of diabetes a lot of hope. With modest weight loss and exercise, study participants reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent over three years.

The power of healthy food and exercise habits can’t be overstated. Take charge of your health by focusing on simple dietary and lifestyle changes.

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Eat healthier

Focus on whole foods and complex carbohydrates. Pass on the simple sugars, like those in processed food. Those can raise blood sugar without providing wholesome nutrition.

Move more

Aim for 150 minutes of exercise each week. If you do not have any form of exercise, start with brisk walking.

Lose weight

If you’re overweight, losing weight can reduce your risk. A healthier diet and increasing your activity level should help you achieve this goal.

Medications

If you do have prediabetes, your doctor may even prescribe a medication to help keep blood glucose levels in check.

Pre-diabetes can be reversed and choosing to live a healthier lifestyle can stop its progression to diabetes.

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