What is Prediabetes and What Can You Do About It?
What is Prediabetes and What Can You Do About It?

What is Prediabetes and What Can You Do About It?

Prediabetes is a term that encompasses a few conditions that increase the risk of developing diabetes. People generally do not have symptoms if they have the condition. However, people can develop symptoms if they become diabetic. Prediabetes occurs when the blood sugar levels are higher than normal. High blood sugar levels increase the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Prediabetes can be a wake-up call. The good news is that with good advice and help, you can significantly decrease the chances of developing Diabetes, by up to 50%.

Being aware can help pick it up early. The earlier it's picked up, the better the chances of being able to prevent or delay the risk of getting diabetes.

What Should You Look Out For?

Family history - Having a parent, child, or sibling with diabetes increases the risk by at least two-fold of getting Type 2 diabetes.

Overweight - This increases the risk of developing prediabetes or diabetes.

High blood pressure - This also increases the risk of prediabetes and diabetes.

How Do You Find Out If You Have Prediabetes?

A simple blood test that measures your average blood glucose levels over the last 2 - 3 months can be done. Blood glucose levels can be helpful at times.

If I Have Prediabetes, What Can I Do to Reduce the Risk of Getting Diabetes?

The good news is that having prediabetes doesn't mean that you will definitely become a diabetic.

Following these steps can make a significant difference:

Eating a healthy and balanced diet

A diet balanced with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help provide better control of blood sugars. Reducing sugar-sweetened drinks, red and processed meats, sweets, and sugary cereals helps a great deal.

Increase activity

Aim for at least 30 mins most days of the week. Look for activities that can be fun. Small changes make a difference. Walking, cycling, swimming, and sports are just some ways to help your blood sugar.

Regular check-ups

Regular check-ups with your doctor, including blood tests and blood pressure, can help you maintain your health and goals.

Get enough sleep

A good sleep pattern (ideally around 7-9 hours) helps your body function well, which can help keep you healthy.

Kleyn Healthcare can help your needs. 
If you would like an appointment with us to discuss any concerns, including helping develop a plan tailored to suit your needs, please visit our website at www.kleynhealthcare.co.uk or call us at 03452 418 555.

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