Prevent Your Prediabetes From Turning Into Full-Blown Diabetes

Diabetes, a condition in which your body can’t regulate your blood sugar properly, affects more than 26 million people in the United States alone. Some have lived with Type 1 diabetes from childhood, but most people who have diabetes have Type 2, which typically develops over the course of your adult life (although more and more children are developing it). 

So the good news is that if you’ve received a diagnosis of prediabetes, there's still time to turn your health around. At UrgentMed, our team can give you the advice and support you need to treat your prediabetes and prevent the onset of full-blown diabetes.

Blood sugar control for better health

A diagnosis of prediabetes means that your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not as high as if you had full-blown diabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk of heart disease and stroke as well as your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

If you can achieve normal blood sugar levels, even for a little while, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes decreases significantly. Aggressive treatment as soon as possible can save you from a lifetime of diabetes and could end up saving your life.

Change your lifestyle to lower your risk

The best way to lower your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is to get your blood sugar down to normal levels. There are several things you can do from home to regulate your blood sugar. Changing your lifestyle can prevent your prediabetes from getting any worse.

Eat right

Eating better is the first change you should focus on. Food with lots of processed carbohydrates and sugary foods raise your blood sugar and can cause destabilizing spikes and swings in your overall blood sugar levels. 

To reduce your risk of full-blown diabetes and recover from prediabetes, choose mainly fresh vegetables and lean proteins. Green vegetables keep your blood sugar levels stable, and protein keeps you feeling full longer.

Exercise and lose weight

Exercise and weight loss can also help regulate your blood sugar. Losing 5-10% of your starting weight significantly reduces your chances of developing full-blown diabetes. Get in some physical activity every day. A daily 30-minute walk makes a big difference. Aerobic exercise and weight-lifting may also improve your results.

Other lifestyle changes

Other healthy lifestyle changes can also help with your prediabetes. For example, did you know that something as simple as getting enough sleep helps regulate your blood sugar levels? If you’re a smoker and you quit, you also improve your chances of lowering your blood sugar. Smokers are 30-40% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, and smoking complicates diabetes treatment in the long term.

For the support you need to make healthy lifestyle changes and prevent your prediabetes from developing into full-blown diabetes, contact UrgentMed today. Our locations in Davie and Plantation, Florida, offer walk-in services and an after-hours clinic. To schedule an appointment, call or book online.

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