How can I reduce my symptoms?
Once diagnosed, the best thing you can do is commence trying to reduce and eliminate your symptoms to prevent the condition from worsening and becoming diabetes. Aside from a healthier diet and increased exercise, below is a range of lifestyle changes you can implement to ensure you have fighting chance of improving your pre-diabetic condition:
- Reduce stress – research shows that whilst short term stress is beneficial to a person, long-term chronic stress affects the immune systemand could therefore aid in the development of type 2 diabetes. Things like reading, writing, listening to music, prioritising deadlines and seeing friends & family are all effective methods for reducing stress.
- Ensure you liaise with your GP about the best course of action for you – some people do not respond well to medication, and so more holistic approaches can often be sought. However, generally medication as mentioned earlier is important when considering a health care plan for managing your condition, so ensure you speak to your healthcare professional about the best care plan for you.
- Ensure you aim for 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night – sleeping for this long ensures things like hunger levels, immunity and muscle restoration improves. In turn, this strengthens the immune system and reduces the symptoms of pre-diabetes.
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day – ensuring you remain hydrated reduces things like headaches, gum inflammation, fatigue and blurred vision immensely.
- Monitor your belly fat – a woman with a waist circumference of 35 inches or more and a man with a waist circumference of 40 inches or more are more at risk of developing diabetes. Monitoring this and reducing belly fat through diet and regular exercise is a great way to prevent the progression of pre-diabetes.