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
This information is produced and provided by the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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