Do you know what it means to be prediabetic? It is a condition that causes your blood sugar (glucose) levels to be higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. There are approximately 80+ million Americans with prediabetes.
If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it can be a lot of work to maintain a healthy glucose level. It involves regularly checking your blood sugar, watching every food you eat, and may even include taking medication or insulin to control it. Fortunately, individuals who have prediabetes still have a chance of making the condition go away.
Prediabetes is a warning and an opportunity for you. It allows you to make lifestyle changes before type 2 diabetes becomes a reality. If you think you may have prediabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means the clock is running out and you need to make changes immediately.
What Are the Risk Factors of Developing Prediabetes or Diabetes?
While there is no way of determining if a person will develop these conditions in his or her lifetime, there are risk factors that increase the chances. They include:
- Family History Having a family history of diabetes increases your risk of also developing the condition. If this is the case for you, it’s crucial that you take steps to live a healthier lifestyle so you reduce your risk.
- Obesity Being overweight makes your organs go into overdrive and work harder. This also throws the balance of glucose in your body out of order. If you are overweight, you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes along with other conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Other Health Conditions If you have other health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you are at a higher risk of being prediabetic or diabetic.
How Can I Prevent Prediabetes from Becoming Diabetes?
There are several things a person should do if diagnosed with prediabetes.
- Lose Weight Calculate your body mass index (BMI) and make sure you are within the recommended range. If you are overweight, lose some weight by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising.
- Exercise Even if you don’t have to lose weight, exercise is a great way to get your blood pumping and lower high blood sugar caused by eating too many unhealthy foods.
- Eat a Healthy Diet Making dietary changes will tremendously help keep type 2 diabetes away. Start out by speaking with a healthcare practitioner, specifically one who specializes in diabetes, such as a Certified Diabetes Educator (or CDE).
- Regularly Get Tested It’s crucial you see someone and get tested for diabetes on a regular basis.
Prediabetes and Diabetes Care in Raleigh, North Carolina
If you want to talk to a Certified Diabetes Educator about whether you are prediabetic and get help in managing your health, make an appointment with Dr. Asha Pai Bohannon of PAI Wellness Group. Dr. Asha has a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping patients with managing prediabetes and diabetes and would love you help you. To make an appointment, call (919) 529-3355 or request an appointment online.