The Covid-19 lockdown has made our lives even more sedentary and inactive. While the cases of diabetes have been growing around the world, there’s another diabetes-like condition you should be aware of.
Prediabetes is the condition when your blood sugar level is higher than normal. A blood sugar level between 100-125 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) is a symptom of prediabetes.
While there are no other clear symptoms of prediabetes these conditions might be signs of prediabetes.
- Developing dark, thick patches of skin around your joints.
- Being overweight
- Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Having diabetes during pregnancy
If you notice some of these signs, you should get your blood sugar test for prediabetes. On the bright side, this condition is reversible and you can begin a prediabetes treatment by following these three steps.
1. Eat Right
Your prediabetes diet should include fish rich in Omega-3, vegetables, fruits and high-fiber foods like whole grains. What you should avoid is alcohol and foods with added sugar and unhealthy fats.
2. Exercise Regularly
Thirty minutes of exercise by walking, cycling or playing any recreational sport can help reverse prediabetes.
3. Take Medication (if prescribed)
If your doctor suggests that you take certain medication you must consider taking the medicines till your condition improves.
Studies suggest that by following a diet and exercising regularly, if you lose 5-10% of weight, you can reduce the risk of prediabetes turning into Type 2 diabetes by 58%. Here’s a guide to a healthy diet and effective workout for your prediabetes treatment.