More than 25 million people in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes happens when blood glucose levels are higher than the normal range but not high enough to be diagnosed. If the condition is left untreated it could develop into diabetes. While genetics can certainly play a role, there are ways to decrease your chances of developing this disease:
- Reduce your body weight to help manage blood glucose levels and increase sensitivity to insulin.
- Exercise, even if for only 30 minutes a day.
- Be mindful of what you eat. A balanced diet can help with weight loss and blood glucose control.
- Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Meet with a registered dietician to develop a plan that best suits you and to come up with an eating plan tailored to your body’s needs.