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How to Prevent Pre Diabetes

In the United States, nearly 20% of the population – one in five people – has pre diabetes. Pre diabetes is the precursor of type 2 diabetes, a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Even more sobering, the rate of new diabetes diagnoses has increased by 90% (almost double) from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, and the number of Americans with diabetes tripled between 1980 and 2006.

The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented through diet and exercise. Even better, a diabetic diet can be effective in preventing or treating pre-diabetes, meaning that you can avoid the risk factors for developing the condition at all. A physician-assisted diet program, such as those available through The Center for Medical Weight Loss, can not only help overweight patients lose weight, but can also teach patients how to prevent pre diabetes.

Step 1: Good Diet

Obesity is a risk factor for both pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and losing just 5-10% of your body weight can help reduce your risk. For a person weighing 200 pounds, that’s just 10 to 20 pounds, which may sound like a lot but in reality is very attainable with a healthy diabetes diet plan. Some important diabetic diet guidelines include:

  • Whole Grains: Whole grains have more fiber than refined (white) grains, which helps you feel full and keeps blood-sugar levels stable. Choose brown rice over white rice; whole wheat bread over white bread; and whole wheat pasta over white pasta.
  • Reduce Calories: One pound of body weight is equivalent to 3,500 calories, so you’ll need to cut your diet by (or exercise off) 500 calories each day to lose a pound per week. But before you cut calories, it is essential to speak with a doctor about your weight loss goals and health.
  • Drink Water: Drinking water doesn’t prevent pre-diabetes, but it does help you feel fuller. Quenching your thirst with at least eight glasses of water per day can help you shed pounds or maintain a healthy weight.

Step 2: Regular Exercise

Exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, and will help prevent pre-diabetes. Exercise not only helps you shed weight, but can actually whittle inches from your waistline – a major risk factor for developing diabetes. Exercise also helps your body become more receptive to insulin, the hormone that transports glucose – and proper insulin levels also prevent type 2 diabetes. As part of your new diabetes diet and prevention lifestyle, you may also consider quitting smoking and limiting or eliminating alcohol consumption. Read how weight lifting and diabetic diet reduce health risks.

Weight loss doctors customize diabetes diet to each individual

A diabetic diet is an excellent tool for prevention, but as with all diets, you should speak with a doctor before making any lifestyle changes. The physicians at the Center for Medical Weight Loss are experienced in diabetes prevention, and weight loss, and how to prevent pre diabetes. Specialists with the Center formulate each program to the individual needs of each patient. Become one of their latest weight loss success stories and contact your nearest Center today. Start by submitting your information in the box at top right to find the Center for Medical Weight Loss nearest you.  Don’t forget to inquire about special introductory offers available at many locations.