Prediabetes or borderline diabetes is a wakeup call that alerts you to start doing things differently in your life. Prediabetes is when your blood sugars levels are outside the normal range but not high enough to be classified as full-blown diabetes. As the name suggests, it is the precursor to diabetes itself but a few healthy lifestyle choices can stop it in its tracks.
The following lifestyle interventions are found to be beneficial to help you keep Prediabetes from progressing to Type 2 diabetes.
- Regular physical activity
- Maintaining an ideal body weight,
- Making healthy food choices and opting to choose carbs carefully
- Taking medications if need be
Some of the health implications that you might need a Prediabetes treatment cum management are as follows
- Frequent infections of the gum, bladder or skin
- Feeling fatigued
- Impaired vision
- Constant or unusual thirst
- Loss of feeling in the hands/feet
- Frequent urination
- Bruises/cuts that heal slowly
If you experience the above symptoms Diabetes is just ahead. Stay alert and do not miss the Prediabetes wakeup call.
You are eligible for a Prediabetes treatment cum management if you are committed to
- Setting a goal to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes
- Making simple lifestyle changes
- Avoiding a sedentary behavior by following the principle of “stop sitting and start moving”
- Eating smart by limiting high-glycemic foods and increasing protein intake
- Maintaining a healthy weight
In addition to lifestyle interventions, oral medications may be prescribed if you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes. These medications may cause temporary nausea and/or diarrhea, loss of appetite and increased abdominal gas. The main risk of the diet and exercise approach was an increase in muscle aches and arthritis.
Prediabetes is just a warning signal to start making adjustments to your lifestyle. With a strong commitment to a healthy lifestyle, progression to diabetes can be successfully reversed.
Prediabetes not only means “preceding diabetes” but also “preventable diabetes”. Prediabetes does not inevitably lead to diabetes. If addressed early with diet and lifestyle modifications, blood glucose may return to normal levels over time.