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3 Tips to Defeat Prediabetes and Prevent Diabetes

3 Tips to Defeat Prediabetes and Prevent Diabetes

Prediabetes and diabetes are rampant in the U.S., so in 2016, we offered several tips to help you get a handle on your glucose levels, if your blood sugar control is slipping away—because that’s when you have a real opportunity to make your new year much healthier!

Get checked: If you’re overweight, have a waist greater than half your height, have triglycerides above 250mg/dL, HDL cholesterol below 35mg/dL, high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes or had gestational diabetes, get your blood glucose levels checked.

Fasting plasma blood glucose in the 100-125mg/dL range and a reading of 140-199mg/dL two hours after an oral glucose tolerance test and A1Cs (average blood glucose level over three months) from 5.7 to 6.4 percent, indicates prediabetes.

Take action: The earlier you take action the easier it is to avoid diabetes and its serious complications. Yet one study found “three-fourths of those with prediabetes, were not provided with an appropriate treatment plan” by their doctor. So it’s up to you to take the initiative! Losing 5-10 percent of your weight and walking an extra 150 minutes a week can cut your risk for developing full-blown diabetes by 58 percent!

Battle diabetes and high blood pressure: The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet with probiotic-packed foods can reduce your fasting blood sugar and A1C levels. DASH can also help you reverse (that’s right, reverse) full-blown diabetes and reduce high blood pressure. Adopting a nutrition plan that benefits both conditions is a one-two punch. 

Medically reviewed in December 2018.

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