Here’s exactly how to prevent prediabetes from ever becoming type 2 diabetes. You do NOT have to ever become a diabetic.
If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, the steps you take now can prevent you from getting type 2 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.
Hopefully you’re not one of them. Insulin resistance or prediabetes is not a situation you want to pretend doesn’t exist.
Diabetes (type 2 or 1) is the leading cause of blindness and amputation in the U.S.
Five Keys to Reversing Prediabetes
“Prediabetes can be reversed through consistent lifestyle changes,” says Sashini Seeni, MD, a family medicine practitioner with DoctorOnCall, an online doctor and pharmacy.
- Low sugar diet
- Other healthy dietary plan
- Physical exercise
- Maintain optimal weight
- Smoking cessation
“However, it is important to understand that if someone manages to reverse their prediabetic condition at a certain point in time, it does not assure his or her future health condition,” continues Dr. Seeni.
“If he or she decides to begin eating high calorie meals again in the future, the prediabetes will more than likely return.
“Or in the worst case scenario be diagnosed with diabetes.
“Consistency and lifelong commitment is the key to permanently reverse the prediabetes condition.
“Notably, it is not restricted to dietary changes alone, as one must also continue to regularly exercise.
“One must also try to maintain an optimal weight — as obesity plays a major role in discouraging the whole process.
“And lastly, avoid smoking — as it undermines — not only the body’s physiological process as a whole — but more so the circulatory and endocrine system, which plays a large role in the body’s blood sugar regulation.”
Why do so many with prediabetes not even know they have this?
It is estimated that 90 percent of people in the U.S. with 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.
With the exception of blurry vision, those other symptoms can easily be attributed to stress, overworking, pre- or postmenopausal symptoms and fluid intake.
How to Learn if You Have Prediabetes
Ask your doctor for an A1C test. This should also be part of your annual health exam.
A normal A1C level is below 5.7.
A level of 5.7 to 6.4 is prediabetes.
Above 6.4 indicates diabetes.
Within the range of 5.7 to 6.4, the higher the value, the greater your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Remember, not feeling or having any symptoms does NOT mean you can’t possibly have a disorder of your glucose metabolism. Get your A1C checked.