I’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. What now?

I’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. What now?

It is important to know that pre-diabetes, whilst affected by sugar levels, cannot solely be caused by unhealthy eating. The following risk factors play a major part in the development of the condition:
    • If you are overweightDiabetes_blood_test
    • If you are 45 years or older
    • Diabetes runs in your family
    • You have low levels of “good cholesterol”
    • You already have high blood pressure
    • A history of gestational diabetes is present
    • You are of African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander or Hispanic American/Latino descent

So, your GP has diagnosed you with pre-diabetes, what do you do now? Firstly, it is important to remember that pre-diabetes does not mean you are a diabetic. It simply means that with little to no intervention; a diagnosis of diabetes could occur in the future. Your GP may prescribe medication to help control the pre-diabetes, such as Metformin. Metformin is an oral medication that helps patients with pre-diabetes control their blood sugar levels. By making various healthy amendments to your lifestyle – with the goal of them becoming long-term changes – diabetes can be prevented and pre-diabetes even eradicated altogether, visible in a reduction of your symptoms.

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