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*For most people, beginning a light, low-intensity workout program is safe. However, if you are new to exercising, have been
inactive for an extended period of time, have any medical issues or are looking to start an intense exercise program, you should
speak to your doctor first.
Besides your weight, having a family member
with diabetes also increases your odds. People
with high blood pressure and high cholesterol
are also at risk.
What health problems can
prediabetes cause?
If you have prediabetes, you are five to 15
times more likely to get diabetes. You are also
at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes can cause blindness, kidney disease,
heart disease, skin problems, nerve damage
and other serious issues. Some of these
problems can begin in the prediabetes stage.
What can I do to prevent getting
diabetes and protect my health?
The most important treatments for
prediabetes are exercise and weight loss.
You should aim to reach your ideal body
weight, but just losing 10 to 15 pounds
can reduce your risk.
Also, aim to get 30 minutes of exercise at
least five times per week. Finally, choose
healthy foods, such as more servings of fruits,
vegetables and whole grains.
My doctor says I have prediabetes.
What does this mean?
If you have prediabetes, your blood glucose
levels are high. However, they are not quite
high enough to say you have diabetes. About
one in 10 people with prediabetes will get
Type 2 diabetes within three years.
It can be scary to hear this kind of news from
your doctor. But you’re not alone. About one
in three U.S. adults has this condition.
Why is this condition so common?
The modern American lifestyle now involves
less movement and more high-calorie foods.
This has made more of us overweight and
obese. Being heavy is a risk factor for
prediabetes. So is not exercising.
I have no symptoms. How does my
doctor know I have prediabetes?
Prediabetes often does not have any signs. In
fact, many people don’t know they have it.
Your doctor probably tested your blood
glucose because you had several factors that
increased your chances of having prediabetes.