Take prediabetes seriously and let it be your call to healthy action.
Your prediabetes diagnosis probably comes as somewhat of a surprise, given that most people with the condition don't experience any signs. But don't let the lack of symptoms lull you into complacency. Instead, let your diagnosis serve as a wake up call that motivates you to take action that can help you prevent or delay developing diabetes.
• Know that almost everyone who is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, first has prediabetes. But not everyone diagnosed with prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes.
• The American Diabetes Association says that you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent if you lose seven percent of your body weight and engage in moderate physical activity for a half hour a day, five days each week.
• Eat a healthy diet to both lower your blood glucose level and help you lose weight. Opt for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats and fish rich in omega 3-fatty acids to create balanced meals. Avoid snack foods and processed foods. Also choose water over sodas and alcoholic beverages, and pay attention to portion control. Check the nutrition facts label on packaged products to consider sugar content and to help you make healthy choices.
• Quit smoking. Using tobacco products will increase your risk of developing diabetes.
• Consult with your doctor and monitor your health by getting tested for diabetes every year or two.
Find out more about type 2 diabetes from the Medical Center of Lewisville's Health Information page at www.lewisvillemedical.com.