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Pre-Diabetes What you Need to Know

Updated on March 28, 2015

What is Pre-Diabetes?

Prediabetes is a real condition that affects millions of Americans, and yet many people do not even realize they are at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Amerian Medical Association (AMA), roughly 86 million Americans are at risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime. Because there are so many people at risk, the CDC and AMA are rolling out new programs to help doctors and patients understand this disease and combat it.

The AMA and CDC Join the Fight

The AMA and CDC believe that around 30% of people who are overweight are at risk of developing diabetes. With that in mind, they developed the initiative Prevent Diabetes STAT (Screen, Test, Act- Today).
When developing the test the CDC and AMA wanted to be sure and cover all the bases. It is important for Doctors to understand which patients are at risk of developing diabetes so they can order blood tests for those patients and then refer them to the proper physicians to get help. It is also important for patients to have access to as much information as possible so that they can understand the risks and get the kind of help they need.

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Who is at Risk?

Women who are overweight, how have a child that is over 9 pounds at birth are at slightly higher risk of developing diabetes. Patients who have family members with diabetes are also at higher risk. However, experts are seeing a rise in the number of new patients who didn't have risk factors previously. This is especially true in overweight patients.
How can patients prevent diabetes? Proper screening is a good start. Exercise and diet are also very important. Experts agree that anyone who is prediabetic can increase their odds of not developing diabetes by simply changing their diet, exercising more and losing the weight.
Diets that are high in fruits and vegetables and whole grains can go a long way in preventing diabetes. Most experts agree that patients who are prediabetic should also do their best to avoid processed foods.
Early intervention is always best when it comes to any health concern. Working with a doctor and dietician can go a long way in preventing diseases such as diabetes. Anyone who is concerned should discuss it with their doctor as soon as possible and visit the website Prevent Diabetes STAT.

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Healthy Diet Lowers Risk

Women who are overweight, how have a child that is over 9 pounds at birth are at slightly higher risk of developing diabetes. Patients who have family members with diabetes are also at higher risk. However, experts are seeing a rise in the number of new patients who didn't have risk factors previously. This is especially true in overweight patients.
How can patients prevent diabetes? Proper screening is a good start. Exercise and diet are also very important. Experts agree that anyone who is prediabetic can increase their odds of not developing diabetes by simply changing their diet, exercising more and losing the weight.
Diets that are high in fruits and vegetables and whole grains can go a long way in preventing diabetes. Most experts agree that patients who are prediabetic should also do their best to avoid processed foods.
Early intervention is always best when it comes to any health concern. Working with a doctor and dietician can go a long way in preventing diseases such as diabetes. Anyone who is concerned should discuss it with their doctor as soon as possible and visit the website Prevent Diabetes STAT.

Some Suggestions

Rather than park up front at a store or work park further out and enjoy a nice brisk walk. People who work at desks can also get relief by doing some of their work standing up rather than sitting down and walking in place at their desk.
If at all possible walk to lunch rather than driving, the fresh air and exercise can help boost metabolism. Drink a large 8 oz glass of cold water first thing in the morning before eating breakfast to jumpstart the metabolism as well as drinking at least seven more glasses of water throughout the day. Heather McClees suggest among these things to also make sure to get enough sleep. People who aren't getting enough sleep tend to be overweight and at higher risk for developing health problems.

How to Prevent Diabetes if you are Pre-Diabetic

  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in carbs
  • Exercise daily
  • Have your blood sugar monitored to determine whether you are at risk
  • Lose weight
  • Discuss other options with your doctor

Ways to Prevent Diabetes

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Exercise  
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Walk 15 minutes a day
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
Drink 8-8oz glasses of water a day
Take the Stairs
Maintain a diet high in fiber low in fat
Avoid soft drinks especially diet sodas
Fit in an Exercise Routine 3 days a week
Avoid processed foods
 
Focus on Cardio
Keep track of your carbs
 

Anyone can overcome pre-diabetes

Being pre-diabetic should be seen more as a wake-up calls than a sure sign that diabetes is eminent. Anyone can be diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and that diagnosis should be taken seriously. By working with a doctor and nutritionists, however you can take that diagnosis and turn it into a positive outcome rather than becoming diabetic.

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