Don’t let your diagnosis of prediabetes make you feel hopeless; you still have an opportunity to prevent this from morphing to type 2 diabetes.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, the steps you take now can prevent you from getting diabetes.

Amazingly, only nearly half of American adults with prediabetes made attempts to reverse this condition and thereby prevent diabetes, says a study that was reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (April 2010).

Exercising and losing weight are the key lifestyle habits to adapt. If you have prediabetes (you may not even know it, actually), it should scare the dickens out of you that this can eventually develop into type 2 diabetes.

If you haven’t been making efforts to lose weight, exercise more and improve your eating habits, then think about what a royal pain in the neck it would be to live with diabetes  —  all that finger pricking for blood sugar tests every day; keeping track of the numbers; having to keep track of how many carbohydrates you eat; when you eat; when you exercise; worrying if your blood sugar will plummet while you’re asleep… not to mention the increased risk for stroke, heart attack, some cancers and Alzheimer’s!

The study was carried out by researchers from Emory University, the Division of Diabetes Translation of the CDC, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Over 1,400 survey participants reported whether or not they had, in the past 12 months, increased exercise, cut calories or fat, and tried to lose weight.

They also responded to other relevant questions. The study investigators reported that in 2005-2006, nearly 30 percent of American adults (at least age 20) had prediabetes.

It is estimated that 90 percent of people in the U.S., who have prediabetes, don’t even know it. This condition often has no symptoms.

However, symptoms can be overlooked as well. Classic warning signs are: unexplained fatigue; increased thirst; frequent urination; blurry vision.

It’s important to realize that the frequent urination is what leads to the increased thirst, not the other way around. In other words, don’t think that it goes in this sequence: 1) Increased thirst, 2) Drinking more water, 3) Increased urination.

No. The proper sequence in prediabetes and diabetes is: 1) Frequent urination, 2) Increased thirst, and 3) Drinking more water. However, the actual sequence might not be easy to keep track of.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, stop making excuses and start exercising. Join a gym. Buy a home gym or at least a few sets of dumbbells to get started. Knock out the high fructose corn syrup and white sugar, fried foods and heavily processed foods. These changes alone will cause weight loss.