About 84 million adult Americans have pre-diabetes, that is 1 out of 3 people. It’s important to know how to help manage pre-diabetes so it does not progress further into type 2 diabetes.
What is Pre-Diabetes? A condition where the blood sugar in your body is high, but not high enough yet to be type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of Pre-Diabetes? Many people do not experience any symptoms with pre-diabetes. Some may experience excessive hunger, excessive thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, or weight gain. It does require a medical diagnosis to be able to know for sure if it is pre-diabetes or not.
How to prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes:
- Become more active. It is important to exercise and keep your blood glucose levels down. It is one of the best things to do to prevent type 2 diabetes.
- Lower your body weight. Even just losing a couple of pounds of weight can drop the probability of it moving to type 2 diabetes.
- Eat healthy foods. Watching what you eat can also help pre-diabetes from progressing. Avoid foods that are high in fats and carbohydrates. Strive to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- If you smoke, stop smoking.
- Visit your doctor more often. Seeing your doctor to check up of the progression of it can also help it from moving to type 2 diabetes. They can also help advise you on what you can do next.
Pre-diabetes can happen to anyone. It is important to consult with your doctor and get regular check-ups if you feel as though you have it. Living a healthy lifestyle, and continuing that lifestyle, can help prevent pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.