If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes (which is having higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not yet in the range of diabetes) you are at increased risk for developing type II diabetes. To help prevent this, try incorporating the following lifestyle changes:
- Get daily physical activity. Exercise improves the action of insulin, moving glucose out of the bloodstream and into tissues where it can be used for energy.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, the more pounds you lose, the less your chance of developing diabetes. Talk with your doctor about what your optimal weight should be, and how to achieve it.
- Eat a diet low in refined carbohydrates, instead, incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil) into your diet.
- Manage your health. Get regular checkups for blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and seek treatment if necessary.