November is National Diabetes Month, and our focus is on prediabetes and preventing diabetes. Prediabetes is a health condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.More than 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes, that’s 88 million people, but many people don’t know they have it.
Through making small healthy lifestyle changes, it is possible to prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse your prediabetes. Here are some tips to help you.
- Limit time sitting and try to get 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week.
- Pick foods that are high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. Have a balance of vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates.
- Drink water instead of sweetened drinks.
- Lose weight, track it, and keep it off.
- Get support from your health care professional.
Making lifestyle changes can be very hard but we must take small steps to be successful in our fight against diabetes. You are not alone in your fight, many people are facing the same challenges as you, and many more are willing to help you.