How to Prevent Pre-Diabetes From Turning Into Full-Blown Diabetes

When you have diabetes, your body struggles to regulate your blood sugar levels and metabolize the glucose in your food that's supposed to give you energy. Having your blood sugar swing too high or too low can have immediate adverse effects on your health and well-being, including fainting and seizures. If you have full-blown diabetes, you can go blind, suffer permanent nerve damage, or even die.

While some people with diabetes are born with their condition, others develop diabetes later in life. We call the type of diabetes that can be developed, or prevented, type 2 diabetes. The good news is that you can take action as your type 2 diabetes develops. If you do, you can improve your outcomes significantly. If you make real and sustained changes to your lifestyle, you can halt the development of your diabetes before the condition becomes full-blown and dangerous.

Omar Aref, MD, provides expert support to patients dealing with pre-diabetes and diabetes from our Plant City, Florida, offices. If you have pre-diabetes, here's what he recommends you do to proactively approach your condition and improve your outcomes.

Taking control of your blood sugar

Your chances of developing full-blown diabetes go down if you can take control of your blood sugar for just a little while, so it's well worth making the effort. By taking action now, you can protect your health for years to come.

Here are some tips for ways to regulate your blood sugar levels:

Reverse your pre-diabetes with lifestyle change

Often, before developing full-blown type 2 diabetes, you'll be diagnosed with pre-diabetes. When you have pre-diabetes, your blood sugar isn't perfect, but can still be improved through lifestyle changes.

With pre-diabetes, your risk of heart disease and stroke goes up. It's important to take a proactive approach to keeping your pre-diabetes from getting worse. If you can make healthier choices, you can significantly improve your chances of avoiding full-blown diabetes.

Dr. Aref can support you at every step of your journey, recommending therapies and aids to help you stick to and achieve healthy goals. If you're worried about your blood sugar or have recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, get in touch with Dr. Aref right away. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment over the phone, or by using the online tool.

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