Your risk for
prediabetes is higher if you are overweight and physically inactive.
weight. Losing 5% to 10% of your body
weight may help you prevent or at least delay type 2 diabetes.2 For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, losing 10 to
20 pounds can reduce your risk. Losing weight can be hard,
but you can do it. The easiest way to start is by cutting calories and getting
more active. For help, see the topic
healthy food choices. It can be hard to make big
changes in the way you eat. It's okay to start small, by limiting the amount of
fat you eat and by eating more fruits, vegetables, and fiber. For help, see the
Healthy Eating and:
Be active. When you're active, your body uses glucose.
The more active you are, the more glucose your body uses for energy. This keeps
the sugar from building up in your blood. Exercise can also improve insulin resistance. Walking is a great way to start. For
help, see the topic
Keep blood pressure and
cholesterol under control. When you have prediabetes, you are
more likely to get heart disease than someone with normal blood
sugar levels. High cholesterol
also increases your risk for type 2 diabetes.3 So it's
important to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. For help,
The National Diabetes Education Program's
"Small Steps, Big
Rewards" program shows ways you can make small
changes to your lifestyle that can have a big impact on preventing
prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Setting weight-loss goals.
to your life.
Tracking your progress.
For more information, see the National
Diabetes Education Program Web site at www.ndep.nih.gov.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 15, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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