Preventing Diabetes

Prediabetes and what can you do to prevent type 2 diabetes..

Prediabetes

The vast majority of people living with prediabetes do not know they have it. A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Diagnostic criteria for diabetes and prediabetes:

Risks

Many factors increase your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. To find out more about your risk, see which characteristics in this list apply to you.

  • I am 40 years of age or older.
  • I am overweight.
  • I have a parent with diabetes.
  • I have a sister or brother with diabetes.
  • My family background is South Asian or Afro-Caribbean
  • I had diabetes while I was pregnant (gestational diabetes), or I gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
  • I am physically active less than three times a week

It is important to find out early if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, because early treatment can prevent serious problems that diabetes can cause, such as loss of eyesight or kidney damage, so contact your GP today.

How can type 2 diabetes be prevented?

Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people with prediabetes.Modest weight loss means 5% to 7% of body weight, which is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighting 14st 3lbs. Getting at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity, such as brisk walking, also is important.

Eat 4 Health and Preventing Diabetes

The lifestyle change programme offered through the Eat 4 Health can help participants adopt the healthy habits needed to prevent type 2 diabetes. Trained Eat 4 Health Instructors lead classes to help participants improve their food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes.

So contact your GP surgery now to find out more about how to join Eat 4 Health- Preventing Diabetes Programme.

Our FREE classes help you to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and manage your weight through balanced nutrition and simple exercise.