Diabetes prevention and pre-diabetes – Austin Herald

Diabetes prevention is as basic as eating more healthfully, becoming more physically active and losing a few extra pounds. It’s never too late to start. Making a few simple changes in your lifestyle now may help you avoid the serious health complications of diabetes down the road, such as nerve, kidney and heart damage. Consider the latest diabetes prevention tips from the American Diabetes Association.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is estimated that 86 million Americans have prediabetes, which occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but below type 2 diabetes.
  • These people often wonder how they can prevent diabetes.
  • To manage prediabetes, try to reduce your body weight by seven percent. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is a step in the right direction.

“Weight loss, diet changes and physical activity all play a role in preventing or delaying diabetes and the many complications that go along with it, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and other health problems.”