Your doctor may tell you that you have pre-diabetes. You may be surprised because you don't have the common symptoms of diabetes. Having pre-diabetes means that you have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is a serious condition and you are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless you take steps to prevent or delay diabetes.
The cause of prediabetes is the same as for type 2 diabetes. Normally:
  • The food you eat is converted into energy as sugar (glucose).
  • The glucose is moved from your digestive tract into your bloodstream.
  • Your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin that unlocks your cells and allows the glucose to move into the cells where it is used as energy.
When you have diabetes:
  • The pancreas may produce too little insulin. This prevents the glucose from leaving your bloodstream and moving into the cells.
  • Or, the cells do not respond to the insulin and do not allow the glucose to enter.
You can delay or prevent diabetes
The good news is that people with pre-diabetes can do a lot to prevent or delay diabetes. Studies have shown clearly that people can lower their risk of developing diabetes by making lifestyle changes. A major study of more than 3,000 people with prediabetes due found that diet and exercise resulting in a 5 to 7 percent weight loss lowered the incidence of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. Participants lost weight by cutting calories and by exercising—most chose walking—at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Riverside support
Riverside can help you to make these changes. We offer:
  • A variety of classes and tools.
  • Nutrition education in a class setting or one-on one.
  • The Dietcise program is a nationally recognized program that can help you to lose weight. The program features nutrition education by a dietician and exercise in a non-intimidating environment.
Ask your doctor about these and other programs that may help you to delay or prevent diabetes.
  • Guide to Prediabetes