Few Take Steps to Prevent Diabetes

An estimated 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes or higher-than-normal blood sugar.  That means they are likely to develop full-blown diabetes within 10 years.  Yet a recent national survey found that only one third of adults with pre-diabetes (also called borderline diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose) had been told by a doctor how to prevent diabetes.  That’s disappointing, because there is abundant evidence that diet, exercise and medication can keep pre-diabetes from worsening.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that people with pre-diabetes take these steps:

  • Lose a modest amount of weight (5 to 10 percent of current weight) through diet and exercise.
  • Engage in moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, for 30 minutes daily.

According to the ADA, these simple lifestyle measures can turn back the clock, and even return a person’s blood sugar to normal.