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Prediabetes and Prevention

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes so you may have it and not know it. But before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes.This is where blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. It is possible that you may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even some of the complications. If you think you may have diabetes or prediabetes, check with your doctor and get tested.

If you discover that you do have prediabetes, remember that it doesn’t mean you’ll develop type 2, particularly if you follow a treatment plan and make changes to your lifestyle through food choices and physical activity. Even small changes can have a huge impact on delaying or preventing diabetes all together. Work with a health care professional to make a plan that works for your lifestyle, or look for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized lifestyle change program, guided by a lifestyle coach trained to use a CDC-approved curriculum, where you will meet other people who are working to prevent diabetes.

With prediabetes, there are simple steps you can take to change things, such as adapting your food choices and increasing your daily physical activity to lose weight, if needed.

  1. Make small changes to the way you eat without giving up the foods you love.

  2. Increase your physical activity levels to thirty minutes a few days a week.

  3. Manage your stress.

Ask your doctor plenty of questions and listen to the answers you get. Increase your daily physical activity. Start eating healthy. And your life can be yours again.

Having the right information at your fingertips is important to improve your quality of life after being diagnosed with diabetes. For more helpful information on dieting, exercise, diabetic supplies visit

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