Stop Prediabetes From Becoming Type 2 Diabetes! – You would think you either have type 2 diabetes or you don’t! In one way that is true, but like so many conditions or diseases, type 2 diabetes develops slowly over a number of years. You may not have really noticed any symptoms… but for some time, how your body operates has been changing. Unfortunately, these changes are setting you up for health problems in the future. This phase is what is called prediabetes.
Now, if you have prediabetes and are overweight you have the opportunity to turn this around and improve your health. The opportunity for this won’t last long… and the longer you wait the more difficult it will be for you to regain your health.
There is a range of health risks that can lead to type 2 diabetes but many of these can be reduced or eliminated with some simple lifestyle changes.
Reduce your risks by:
1. Eating wisely. The type and amount of food you eat affects your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2. Lose weight. The majority of people with prediabetes are overweight, in fact, the fat in your central area, around your abdomen, may be the primary reason you have type 2.
3. Regular exercise. Exercising regularly significantly reduces your diabetes risk, independent of weight. Research shows people who walk briskly for at least two and half hours each week, had a 30 per cent lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes than those who did almost no walking. Increased physical activity can also lower your blood sugar levels even before you lose weight.
4. Reduce stress. There is a connection between stress and type 2 diabetes. Some of it is direct, some not. This is how they are linked:
feeling stress for long periods can make your blood sugar levels rise
if you are always rushing around trying to meet lots of commitments, you will have little energy left to concentrate on your health
stress also increases the secretion of insulin and cortisol and both these hormones work together to help form belly fat
5. Sleeping well. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase insulin resistance. Sleeping less than five or six hours or even more than eight hours may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
In some cases drugs are prescribed… how effective are these medications? Some diabetes drugs reduce blood sugar levels but do not prevent the progression of prediabetes to type 2. For some people, medications can be an effective part of their diabetic plan but it really is not wise to rely on medications alone to take care of your type 2 diabetes condition.