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For help, see the topic Fitness and:

Quick Tips: Getting Active At Home.
Fitness: Walking for Wellness.


One Man's Story:

Jerry, 54

"Taking care of yourself can make a huge difference in your health. It's possible that I may still get type 2 diabetes at some point. But I know that even if I do, I'm way ahead in terms of managing it. So don't sit around and wait for it to happen. Get up and move!"-Jerry

Read more about Jerry.

If you smoke, quit

Quitting smoking can help you reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes and other health problems. Quitting can also reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. For help, see:

Quitting Smoking: Getting Support.

Control blood pressure and cholesterol

When you have prediabetes, you are more likely to get heart disease than someone who has normal blood sugar levels. High cholesterol also increases your risk for type 2 diabetes.3 So it's important to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. For help, see:

Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) for high cholesterol.
High Blood Pressure: Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home.

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Last Updated: July 15, 2010
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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