Diabetes type 2 in children70% of the 80 million americans with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 or adult onset diabetes. It is preventable by making changes. The earlier the action the better.
Prediabetes is a fasting blood sugar of 100-125. Get tested. A three month monitoring of your blood sugar ( only possible in a lab) is a hemoglobin A1c test. Prediabetics have 5.6-6.4%, diabetics are >6.4%. Get tested to know your results.
Being more active – more physical activity, taking the stairs, taking a 5 minute or ten minute break for a walk, can help burn calories and help trim off pounds over time with consistency and determination
Losing even 10- 20 pounds can help lower blood sugar, improve, blood pressure, cholesterol, increase energy and sleep as well as decreasing pressure on joints.
Portion control – make small changes, eat a little less than you are used to, a smaller sandwhich. Swap a calorie drink for a zero calorie drink and drink more water
Maintain a healthy weight and be active- being active- 30 minutes a day most days of the week and losing 5% of your present body weight can decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes by 60%. Being active- increases your sensitivity to insulin and may prevent you from needing insulin.
High fiber foods, ( 25-30 grams a day for an adult) including whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables, will decrease the faster absorption of sugar into the blood that occurs with processed foods. Fiber helps to lower blood sugar by releasing the sugar into the blood slowly.
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