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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Prediabetes is a blood glucose level that is higher than normal. It is not high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have more hunger or thirst than usual.
- You are urinating more frequently than normal.
- You are always exhausted.
- You have blurred vision.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
may be given if you are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Medicine may also be given to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You will need to return every year to get tested for diabetes. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent or delay prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes:
Healthy choices work best to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. You can decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes by choosing the following:
- Exercise regularly. Exercise can help decrease your blood sugar level. It can also help to decrease your risk for heart disease and help you lose weight. Adults should exercise for at least 150 minutes every week. Spread this amount of exercise over at least 3 days a week. Do not skip exercise more than 2 days in a row. Children should exercise for at least 60 minutes on most days of the week. Examples of exercise include walking or swimming. Do not sit for longer than 30 minutes. Work with your healthcare provider to create an exercise plan.
- Lose weight if you are overweight. A weight loss of 7% of your body weight can help to lower your blood sugar level. Your healthcare provider can tell you what weight is healthy for you. He or she can help you create a weight loss plan.
- Eat healthy foods. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and eat whole-grain foods more often. Choose dairy foods, meat, and other protein foods that are low in fat. Eat fewer sweets such as candy, cookies, regular soda, and sweetened drinks. You can also decrease calories by eating smaller portion sizes. Work with your healthcare provider or dietitian to develop a meal plan that is right for you.
- Do not smoke. Nicotine can damage blood vessels. Other health conditions, such as lung disease can happen when you smoke. Do not use e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in place of cigarettes or to help you quit. They still contain nicotine. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help quitting.
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