As part of National Diabetes Month, we here at Primary Care Physicians of Florida want to discuss something that impacts many Americans and is a precursor to Type 2 Diabetes: Prediabetes. Also known as Borderline Diabetes, this condition is estimated to occur in 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 18 according to a 2015 study. Having this condition doesn’t guarantee that you will develop full-blown Type 2 Diabetes, but it does mean that you are anywhere between 5 and 15 times more likely to get it than a non-prediabetic individual.
One of the problems with prediabetes is that only about 10% of the prediabetic population display any symptoms of it. There are often no signs of it at all unless you have a glucose tolerance test or a hemoglobin A1c test. The best way to stop prediabetes from becoming Type 2 Diabetes is prevention.
If you suspect that you might be prediabetic, or just want to have improved health in general, take the following steps:
One of the primary risk factors of Type 2 Diabetes is a sedentary lifestyle, so get out of your chair and get moving. You can join a gym, take an exercise class, or just walk the dog every day. Anything that gets you moving and your heartrate up helps.
If you have high cholesterol, this definitely is a risk factor that needs to be mitigated to prevent prediabetes. One particular type of cholesterol, high-triglycerides, is a sign of excess carbohydrates in your diet which are some of the primary indicators of insulin resistance. So, eat less sugary and starchy foods in order to help control your triglycerides.
One way to avoid prediabetes is to stop drinking sugary drinks and drink more water. Increase your intake of veggies, fruits, nuts and whole grains instead of junk food, excess red meat and foods high in carbohydrates.
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