Even if you have
risk factors for
prediabetes, you can still take
steps to prevent the disease. And if you already have
prediabetes, these same steps can keep it from turning into
type 2 diabetes.
Your risk for
prediabetes is higher if you are overweight and physically inactive.
weight. Try to lose 5% to 10% of your body
weight. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, aim to lose 10 to
20 pounds. Losing weight can be hard,
but you can do it. The easiest way to start is by cutting calories and getting
more active. For help, see the topic
healthy food choices. It can be hard to make big
changes in the way you eat. It's okay to start small, by limiting the amount of unhealthy
fat you eat and by eating more fruits, vegetables, and fiber. For help, see the
Be active. When you're active, your body uses glucose.
The more active you are, the more glucose your body uses for energy. This keeps
the sugar from building up in your blood. Exercise can also improve insulin resistance. Walking is a great way to start. For
help, see the topic
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If the level is below 70 or 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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