7 Ways to Prevent Prediabetes from Progressing to Full-Blown Diabetes

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7 Ways to Prevent Prediabetes from Progressing to Full-Blown Diabetes

Prediabetes might sound less threatening than full-blown diabetes, but it's a crucial stage that demands attention and proactive measures. Think of it as an opportunity to steer your health in a positive direction. If you fail to make health-promoting changes, the risk of going on to develop type 2 diabetes is high. 

Turning the tide on prediabetes starts with good primary care. At Horizons Wellness Family Health in Middletown, New York, board-certified family nurse practitioner Albalira Gibson-Borrelli, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, and our team believe that with the correct information, sustained effort, and comprehensive care, you can ensure that prediabetes does an about-face.

Know your numbers

One of the cornerstones of managing prediabetes effectively is understanding your blood sugar levels. A healthy fasting blood glucose level, taken after an eight-hour fast, typically ranges from 70 to 99 mg/dL. The A1C test, on the other hand, provides an average of your blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3 months. For someone without diabetes, the A1C level is below 5.7%. 

An A1C level between 5.7% and 6.4% is considered prediabetes, and an A1C level of 6.5% or higher on two separate tests indicates diabetes. Regularly monitoring both these parameters provides valuable insights into your body's ability to manage glucose and provides the opportunity to address any upward trends in blood sugar before they escalate. 

Dietary choices matter

What goes onto your plate is pivotal in dictating your blood sugar levels. Embracing a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains can help regulate these levels. 

Reducing the intake of processed foods, high-sugar products, and excessive carbohydrates is crucial. Our team can assist in helping you create a balanced, health-promoting menu tailored to your needs.

Embrace physical activity

Exercise is a powerful tool in the fight against prediabetes progression. Beyond aiding in maintaining a healthy weight, it increases insulin sensitivity, ensuring that sugar in your bloodstream gets utilized more effectively. It doesn't require intense gym sessions; even daily walks, cycling, or engaging in your favorite sport can make a difference.

Keep an eye on your weight

Even a moderate weight loss, think 5-10% of your current weight, can work to reduce diabetes risk. It's not about chasing a number on the scale but maintaining a healthy range that ensures optimal internal function. Our Horizons Wellness Family Health team offers comprehensive medical weight management programs that emphasize sustainable, long-term health benefits —  an excellent place to start.

Medications can play a role

For some, lifestyle changes might be combined with medications. Drugs like Metformin help to reduce the risk of diabetes in patients with prediabetes. Our team ensures you're informed about potential side effects, benefits, and the best course of action tailored to your health profile.

Regular health check-ups are essential

Monitoring prediabetes isn't a one-time affair. Regular check-ups can offer insights into how effectively your preventive measures are working. They also catch any subtle changes in health status, ensuring timely interventions.

Staying informed and updated

The medical world is constantly evolving. New research, treatments, and strategies frequently emerge. By staying abreast of these developments and being open to incorporating new recommendations, you ensure that your approach to preventing diabetes remains cutting-edge. The Horizons Wellness Family Health team is committed to continuous learning and updating practices to offer the best care.

Facing prediabetes might feel daunting, but remember, it's an opportunity — a chance to rewrite your health story. You can chart a course toward enduring wellness with dedication and the right support system. Let's embark on this journey together. Contact the Horizons Wellness Family Health team today by phone or online to schedule your visit, and let's plan your vibrant, healthy future.