What is Pre-diabetes?
Pre-diabetes means your body is not fully able to handle the job of converting sugars into energy. If you’ve been told by your healthcare provider that you have “pre-diabetes” it also means that without making some healthy changes, your body will most likely eventually develop diabetes. In fact, 50% of people diagnosed with pre-diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within ten years.
What does Pre-diabetes mean to my health?
Finding out that you are pre-diabetic may feel like bad news at first because it does indicate that you are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes also have a 1.5 times greater risk of heart and blood vessel disease, including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.
However, during pre-diabetes, you have the opportunity to do something about it, and many people diagnosed with pre-diabetes discover that they have the power to make (and enjoy) healthy changes for a better life.
The Importance and Benefits of Healthy Changes
Even if you’ve discovered your condition too late to avoid the onset of diabetes, don’t assume you’re also too late to make lifestyle changes that can make a difference. Your efforts to build a healthier life will pay off by making your health and your diabetes easier to manage.
One secret you may not realize is that a healthier lifestyle has side effects – good ones. As you become more physically active, you’ll develop strength and endurance that can bring “bonuses” into your life you may not have considered before. Perhaps a daily walk leads to hiking or biking with friends and family. Perhaps learning about nutrition leads to a new enjoyment of creative cooking. What you discover will be your own adventure.