So, a bit more about pre-diabetes. Yesterday I didn’t add much information about treatment. It’s pretty straightforward stuff. Mostly it’s lifestyle changes, which sound easier than they actually are!! I’m trying not to worry too much. Especially when I haven’t even done the next lab test yet. I guess it’s a waiting game.
Here’s some information about the treatment of pre-diabetes. (Taken from the Mayo Clinic website):
Healthy lifestyle choices can help you bring your blood sugar level back to normal, or at least keep it from rising toward the levels seen in type 2 diabetes.
To prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes, try to:
Eat healthy foods. Choose foods low in fat and calories and high in fiber. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without compromising taste or nutrition.
Be more active. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.
Lose excess weight. If you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — only 10 to 20 pounds (4.5 to 9 kilograms) if you weigh 200 pounds (91 kilograms) — can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits. Motivate yourself by remembering the benefits of losing weight, such as a healthier heart, more energy and improved self-esteem.
Take medications as needed. If you’re at high risk of diabetes, your doctor might recommend metformin (Glucophage, others). Medications to control cholesterol and high blood pressure might also be prescribed.
And here’s more. (Taken from WebMD):
Eat the Foods You Like
You don’t have to give up your favorite meals just because you have prediabetes, but you need to know how your choices affect your blood sugar. A diabetes educator or dietitian can teach you how to count carbs, read food labels, and size up portions. Those skills will let you control your prediabetes and keep your taste buds happy at the same time.
Write it down.
Every day, jot down important info like your blood sugar levels, what you ate, exercise you did, and medicine you took. It will help you and your doctor see if your treatment is working. Also write down your goals and feelings. It will let you stay on track and remind you about topics you want to ask your doctor about.
Fight Everyday Stress
Cut down on the tension in your life and your diabetes will thank you. Stress can raise your blood sugar and may lead you to make poor food choices, too.
Exercise is a great way to ease the strain. It raises the levels of chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. There are lots of ways to get active. Work out in the gym, join a sports team, or take dance lessons. The main thing is to keep moving!
Exercise in Short Sessions
You don’t have to cram your physical activity into one big burst. Spread it out over the day. Three 10-minute walks are as good as 30 minutes at once. Regular, moderate workouts will do a world of good. They help control your blood sugar, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and ease stress.
Try Strength Workouts
You can prevent muscle loss if you do strength training, like lifting weights or using resistance equipment. Studies suggest it also improves how your body uses insulin and sugar. And of course, it’s a great way to lose weight, too.
Well folks. I’m obviously still stewing in this. So I’m going to run. Bedtime anyway!! Night all💤😴
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