You may have heard a lot of terminology thrown around about type 2 diabetes, but what does it all really mean? If you’re insulin resistant or prediabetic, does that mean you have diabetes even if you don’t test your blood sugar every day? When does diabetes become, well, diabetes? Hopefully, this information can help clear up any confusion.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, which means that if nothing is done to treat it then it will get worse over time. People will have prediabetes before they are then diagnosed with diabetes. Prediabetes means their body is no longer able to use insulin as it should and medication is required as well as lifestyle changes.
Prediabetes – What You Need to Know
When you’re told you have prediabetes then you have a higher blood sugar than normal but not so high to be full-blown diabetes yet. Prediabetes increases your risk of becoming a type 2 diabetic in the future as well as increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, so you must take this diagnosis seriously and change your lifestyle to avoid it.
Of course, you can have prediabetes and not be aware of it. There are no clear symptoms; testing blood sugar is the only way to know for sure. If your doctor tells you that you have prediabetes then you will need to be retested for type 2 diabetes every year or so.
How to Avoid Diabetes
Prediabetes doesn’t mean you will definitely get diabetes in the future. If you get treated early enough and make changes then you can avoid diabetes down the road. According to the American Diabetes Association, you can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes in half by:
- Losing weight. Losing just seven percent of your total body weight can make a huge difference.
- Exercise for 150 minutes a week.
It’s not important that you reach the perfect body weight to get healthy and head diabetes off at the pass, but what is important is losing some excess body weight, exercising and changing your lifestyle for good.
Diabetes is a serious condition that impacts millions of people. You don’t have to be one of them. Take action now to change your lifestyle and evade diabetes in your future. If you’re concerned about your blood sugar then talk to your doctor about changes you can make to avoid diabetes.
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