Dear Looking for a Way Back:
If you have pre-diabetes, you are not alone: Approximately 88 million adults in the United States have this diagnosis (CDC, 2020).
With pre-diabetes, a person’s blood sugar levels are above normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a serious health condition that, as its name implies, can progress to type 2 diabetes as well as increase your risk for heart disease and stroke—but it doesn’t have to.
Consider pre-diabetes a window of opportunity. Small changes in your lifestyle—like losing a little bit of weight and getting regular exercise—can slow or stop the progression of this disease. A lifestyle change program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helped patients lower their risk of developing diabetes by as much as 71 percent (CDC, 2020).
Pre-diabetes also does not mean you have to stop enjoying food, but rather make different choices, explains Christi Bowling, R.D.N., a registered dietician nutritionist and Director of Nutrition at Vori Health. “Choosing the right types of carbohydrates in the appropriate portions at the right time can help you control your blood sugar levels,” says Bowling. Learning how to avoid hidden sugars (like those in drinks and processed foods) that easily sneak into your day can also make a difference, Bowling explains.
If you have pre-diabetes, talk to a care team to create a personalized plan. Start making small changes with big impacts for both today and tomorrow.