Weight loss, an appropriate diet, and sufficient physical activity are the important components in your treatment for prediabetes. With this treatment, it is hoped you can prevent it from developing into diabetes. Just by giving your attention to these three areas, you stand the chance to avoid such illnesses as stroke and heart disease which are associated with diabetes.
Besides the above lifestyle changes you may have to make, you may need medicine too although studies show that, in the long run, the lifestyle changes you have made are more effective than medicine in lessening your possibility of having Type 2 diabetes.
Reduce your Weight
People with prediabetes are usually too fat, with a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or more.
If you are overweight, reducing 5 – 10 percent of your weight can assist to delay, if not prevent, type 2 diabetes. For a healthier you, not just for diabetes prevention, it is good to strip off that fat around your abdomen. So, if you are a 200 pounder, removing a minimum of 10 pounds can possibly keep type 2 diabetes away.
A normal weight for your height assists your body in its proper use of insulin. For people with prediabetes, reducing weight helps to lessen insulin resistance. As long as the process of weight loss is done properly, you stand to benefit even more as more weight is lost.
There are many ways to lose weight but it takes time to achieve it. One of these is eating right with the correct choice of the types of food and drinks; lessening the intake of calories from food and drinks besides increasing your physical activities each day.
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Have a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet which has the right portions of the various types of food is essential to your health and well-being.
When choosing food for a healthy diet, you should reduce the amount of fat consumed, picking foods with hardly any saturated fat but containing lots of soluble fiber. Next, watch the calories, eating more of those foods with the least calories. There is a lot of calories from sweets, so try to avoid them.
Activity burns up glucose (sugar) as more energy is expended. Obviously, with so much energy used, sugar in the blood is reduced. Besides bring blood glucose levels down, exercise lessens the cells’ resistance to insulin.
Since exercise gives so much benefit, do some simple exercises such as brisk walking for a minimum of 25 minutes a day. When it comes to more demanding exercises such as running and swimming, even a minimum of 15 minutes a day is beneficial. For those who can hardly find the time to really exercise, some kind of activity in short periods can still be beneficial if the periods total up to half an hour. There are busy people who walk fast up stairs instead of the elevators, or walk briskly to their cars parked some distance away to get the exercise that they know are important to their health.
Less vigorous exercise is safer for many people but do confirm with your doctor or your health-care team its safety for you before starting on it.
You May Need Prescribed Medicine
Your doctor may prescribe a medicine to be taken through the mouth. One such medicine is metformin which lessens the sugar from the liver in insulin resistant sufferers.
When taking medicine, you must strictly follow the instructions given.
You have to stop smoking to lessen the possibility of getting Type 2 diabetes. It can prevent further health problems such as stroke and heart attack.
Control Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels
With prediabetes, having a higher than normal blood glucose levels, your risk for heart disease is greater. High cholesterol and hypertension can increase your risk for Type 2 diabetes. Therefore, it is wise to control your cholesterol level and blood pressure.