Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. With that said, those with prediabetes who do not make certain lifestyle changes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Some lifestyle changes that can help bring your blood sugar levels back to normal include:
- Eating healthy foods
- Being active
- Sticking to a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke
See also: What Is Prediabetes?
Ways to manage prediabetes
When diagnosed with prediabetes, opting to make healthy lifestyle changes is one of the best steps you can take to help bring your blood sugar levels back to normal . Some recommended changes include:
Eating healthy foods
Choosing to eat a variety of healthy foods will not only help towards keeping your blood sugar levels healthy, it will have a positive affect on your overall well being. Some foods that can be incorporated into your diet include:
- Whole grains
- Beans and legumes
See also: What Does High Blood Sugar Mean?
According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in those with prediabetes .
Take a walk with friends or put some time aside to dance to your favourite songs in your living room - make working up a sweat a fun part of your everyday routine!
See also: What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Sticking to a healthy weight
The Diabetes Prevention Programme, sponsored by NIDDK, showed that for people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, losing a modest amount of weight helped in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes .
Although losing weight can sometimes feel like a daunting process, it will naturally occur once you begin eating healthier and moving more!
Smokers are 30-40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-smokers, it’s also more difficult for smokers with diabetes to control their disease . If you’re a smoker, try your best to quit for the sake of your overall well being.
See also: What Happens When You Quit Smoking?
Testing your blood sugar levels on a regular basis is one of the best ways to keep an eye on how well your blood sugar levels are being controlled.
LetsGetChecked offers a HbA1c test which provides insight into your blood sugar levels over the previous 3 months from the time of taking the test. Your online results will be available to you within 5 days and our medical team will be available every step of the way to answer any questions you may have.
- Mayo Clinic. Prediabetes. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2020
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Insulin Resistance & Prediabetes. Online: Niddk.nih.gov, 2018
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Diabetes Prevention Programme. Online: Niddk.nih.gov
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking and Diabetes. Online: Cdc.gov, 2020