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Diabetes Prevention

Pre-diabetes is a serious medical condition that can be treated.  The good news is that the recently completed Diabetes Prevention Program study conclusively showed that people with pre-diabetes can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making changes in their diet and increasing their level of physical activity. They may even be able to return their blood glucose levels to the normal range.

While the DPP also showed that some medications may delay the development of diabetes, diet and exercise worked better. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight, produced a 58% reduction in diabetes.



Here Are Some Tips to Help Prevent Diabetes

Lose extra weight - Moderate weight loss, 7% of your weight, may cut diabetes risk
Cut fat and calories from your diet - That should help with weight loss.

Skip low-carb or high-protein diets - They may not work out in the long run, if you do not exercise regularly.

Get plenty of fiber - Get 14 grams of dietary fiber for every 1,000 calories you eat.

Go for whole grains - Make at least half your grains whole grains.

Talk with your health care team - About your blood glucose targets and ask how and when to test your blood glucose and how to use the results to manage your diabetes.

Discuss your self-care plan - How it is working for you each time you visit your health care team.

Watch the salt - Eat foods that have less salt. Ask your doctor about the required daily amount, and how to read the Nutrition labels found on the back of food products. 

Cholesterol number – Ask a doctor or nurse to do a check up. (See Cholesterol Number)