Prediabetes - Topic Overview
How is it treated?
The key to treating prediabetes
and preventing type 2 diabetes is getting your blood sugar levels back to a
normal range. You can do this by making some lifestyle changes.
- Watch your weight. If you are
overweight, losing just a small amount of weight may help. Reducing fat around your waist is particularly important.
- Make healthy food choices.
- Limit how much fat you eat, and try to eat foods that are high in
- Try to eat about the same amount of
carbohydrate at each meal. This helps keep your blood
sugar steady. Carbohydrate affects blood sugar more than other nutrients. It is
found in sugar and sweets, grains, fruit, starchy vegetables, and milk and
- Talk to your doctor, a
diabetes educator, or a
dietitian about an eating plan that will work for you.
There are many ways to manage how much and when you eat.
- Be active. You can do
vigorous activity, or both. Bit by bit, increase the
amount you do every day. You may want to swim, bike, or do other activities.
Walking is an easy way to get exercise.
these changes may help delay or prevent diabetes. You may also avoid or delay
some of the serious problems that you can get when you have diabetes, such as
stroke, and heart, eye, nerve, and kidney
Some doctors may use medicine to control blood sugar in
people with prediabetes. If your doctor prescribed medicine to help control
your blood sugar, take it as prescribed.
Can prediabetes be prevented?
Staying at a healthy
weight, eating healthy foods, and getting regular exercise can help prevent