How to Prevent Prediabetes From Turning Into Full-Blown Diabetes

 If you’re ready to turn prediabetes around, we’re here to help. With a comprehensive prediabetes management plan, you can re

An estimated 84 million Americans — more than 1 in 3 — have prediabetes, and 90% of those don’t even know they have it. If left untreated, prediabetes can progress to Type 2 diabetes and set you up for a lifelong health battle. 

Here’s what our medical team at RevaMed Primary Care Associates think you need to know about the condition, plus five steps to prevent prediabetes from turning into full-blown diabetes.

What is prediabetes? 

Prediabetes is simply a term that refers to elevated blood glucose, or blood sugar. This means your blood sugar is higher than a healthy person’s but lower than that of someone who has diabetes

Prediabetes significantly increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as your risk for heart disease and stroke, but there’s no need to let that happen. Prediabetes is reversible, and it’s up to you to take your health into your own hands.  

With the help of a medical professional like Dr. Nathalie Bastien-Montpeirous or Dr. Sandhya Menon at RevaMed Primary Care Associates, you can turn prediabetes around.

5 steps to turn prediabetes around

If you have prediabetes, consider yourself lucky. This is a chance to turn your health and your life around. 

Know your numbers

If we determine that you’re in a prediabetic state, you need to start seeing our medical team more often than you normally would. Diabetes is a game of numbers as they pertain to blood sugar, and you need to know your numbers to make sure you aren’t approaching full Type 2 diabetes. 

We might recommend that you have these tests regularly in order to keep tabs on your blood sugar levels:

Move more

It’s no secret that exercise is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can help you lose weight, improve your mood, fight fatigue, improve memory and brain health, strengthen your muscles and bones, and ward off many chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes. 

Moving your body — even doing something as simple as walking — induces all sorts of beneficial changes in your body and can help keep blood sugar levels under control. Physical activity can also improve your insulin sensitivity and improve blood circulation, two essential components of managing diabetes.

Eat more vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein

If you have prediabetes, focus on cleaning up your diet overall. But as you start out, it might be easiest to focus on vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. Fill up on these items first, and you likely won’t have room for refined carbohydrates like desserts or snacks. 

Healthy fats include avocado, nuts and seeds, many different cooking oils, and ghee, among others. Good lean protein choices include white meat from poultry (chicken or turkey), lean cuts of beef, and ground turkey. You can also incorporate whole grains and fruit, but manage your overall carbohydrate intake — even healthy carbs can potentially spike your blood sugar. 

Lose excess body weight

The two steps above (exercise and eat healthily) should help you with this step. Losing any excess body weight is key for preventing prediabetes from turning into diabetes. Excess weight and obesity are strongly associated with diabetes. In fact, obesity is the No. 1 risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.

Don’t get too hung up on a particular number of pounds to lose. Losing just a tiny bit of your body weight can help reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes. Plus, losing just a couple of pounds might motivate you to really kickstart your health journey.

Be aware of the symptoms

Arm yourself with all the information you can get. Knowing the signs and symptoms of diabetes can help you stay on top of your health and manage your prediabetes. Look out for symptoms such as: 

If you’re ready to turn prediabetes around, we’re here to help. With a comprehensive prediabetes management plan, you can restore your health. Call us at RevaMed Primary Care Associates today or request an appointment online at one of our Florida locations.

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