You may have heard the word “prediabetes” or been told by your doctor that you have prediabetes. What does it mean and what should your next steps be?
Prediabetes essentially means your blood sugars are higher than they should be, but not quite high enough to be officially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Don’t let the “pre” fool you though - prediabetes is serious and means you are at increased risk of developing not only type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease and stroke. That might be a scary thought, but the good news is there is time to act to avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes. You have the opportunity – right now – to take action, lower your blood sugar levels and take control of your health. With the right support, there’s a good chance you can prevent type 2 diabetes altogether.
So how do you go about it? Weight loss has been proven to be the most effective way to prevent type 2 diabetes and even put it into remission. In fact, even moderate weight loss can help. Think of prediabetes as a fork in the road - with no action, you are likely headed to type 2 diabetes, but shifting to a balanced, calorie-controlled diet and taking up some form of daily activity will put you on the road to success.
Of course, we know that the hardest part to losing weight is getting started. That’s why we offer friendly, zero-obligation discovery calls with expert dietitians, so that you can explore the best options for you. And if you keep putting off your attempts to lose weight because of time constraints or because you literally don’t know what to eat, consider meal replacements. Counterweight meal replacements are formulated to give you exactly the nutrition and calories you need to start your weight loss journey. They are healthy, tasty and easy to prepare.
Right now, an estimated 13.6 million people are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes. If you’re one of them, we recommend you act now, so that you do whatever you can to avoid even reaching the stage where you have to take medication. And if you’re not sure, but suspect you may have prediabetes, go for tests sooner rather than later, so that you can get started on your prevention plan.