The Dangers of Prediabetes
What you need to know if your blood sugar level is in the prediabetes range.
Stopping Prediabetes From Becoming Type 2 Diabetes continued...
Wade Heyer, 51, a real estate broker in Shoreline, Wash., was struggling with prediabetes when he joined the program. At 265 pounds, he had a family history of diabetes and was taking medications for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. He also had sleep apnea and gout. "There's no question in my mind that I was heading for diabetes," he says.
A year after participating in the diabetes prevention program, Heyer has lost 50 pounds and is on the brink of quitting his medications. He hasn't used a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine while sleeping in months. He rides his bike to and from work daily, goes to the Y at least once a day, and takes a spin class three times a week. He also eats lots of fish, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. His prediabetes is gone -- and so is the threat of type 2 diabetes. "It's been an amazing transformation," Heyer says. "I can't tell you how good I feel. I even handle stress better."