• Help! I Have Prediabetes!

    Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with pre-diabetes? Here’s what you need to know.

    What is pre-diabetes? If your blood sugar (glucose) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabimagesetes, then you have pre-diabetes.

    Are there other names for pre-diabetes?

    Pre-diabetes is also referred to as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). It used to be called borderline diabetes.

    But I feel fine… Some people with pre-diabetes have no symptoms. Others have some of the symptoms of diabetes. Regardless, you can have pre-diabetes and diabetes for years and not know it. High blood sugar can silently wreak havoc on your body, harming your eyes, nerves, kidneys, and heart. Pre-pre diabetes symptoms3diabetes also puts you at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

    Does this mean that I will get diabetes? Up to 30% of people with pre-diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. But for some, pre-diabetes will resolve with early treatment that includes diet and exercise. I

    Do I need medication? Smart food choices and physical activity can usually lower your blood sugar when you have pre-diabetes. Your doctor might prescribe a medication if you are at high risk for diabetes and have other medical conditions, such as obesity, high triglyc- erides, low HDL cholesterol, or hypertension.

    Should other people in my family get tested for pre-diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), anyone who is overweight and over age 45 should be tested for pre-diabetes. You should also con- sider testing if you are over age 45 or under age 45 but overweight and/or facing other diabetes risk factors.

    What can I do about it? Treating pre-diabetes and delaying or preventing diabetes is all about controlling your blood sugar. You can do this by eating a healthful diet and not skipping meals, exercising moderately for at least 30 minutes five days/week, and losing just 5-10% of your body weight.!

    By Hollis Bass, MEd, RD

     

     

    Content on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your health care professional. You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a health problem or prescribing any medication or other treatment.
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