How to Stop Prediabetes from Turning into Full-Blown Diabetes

If you’ve just been given a diagnosis of prediabetes then you’re likely worried about developing diabetes. A preventable illness that affects 34 million Americans, diabetes impacts the way your body processes sugar, and it can lead to serious implications like loss of limb and even death.

At Family Healthcare of Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia, Mark Tanner, MD, and his staff are here to cover all of your healthcare needs. We’re here to help you manage all of your health conditions. And because prediabetes can be reversed, we’ve compiled this helpful guide to how to stop prediabetes from turning into diabetes. 

What is prediabetes? 

A condition impacting more than 84 million Americans, prediabetes is the stage that precedes type 2 diabetes, the type of diabetes that’s brought on by lifestyle factors, like:

You get prediabetes when your pancreas can’t make enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels or when your cells become insulin resistant, meaning that they can not respond to insulin anymore. 

While prediabetes does elevate your blood sugar levels to unhealthy levels, it doesn’t elevate them to levels that are high enough for diabetes. And prediabetes is completely reversible. So just because you have prediabetes doesn't mean that it’ll progress to diabetes.

How to reverse prediabetes

Because prediabetes is a condition brought on by lifestyle factors, you can easily reverse it by making some changes to your diet and activity levels. Here are some ways that you can reverse the condition, including:

Exercising regularly: This may sound simple enough, but with most of us leading sedentary lifestyles in our modern times, it can be difficult to even get the recommended 30 minutes a day of physical activity. Even something as simple as going on a walk or taking a bike ride counts.  

To learn more about reversing prediabetes, contact our Atlanta, Georgia, office at 404-355-2000 or schedule an appointment online.

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