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What is pre-diabetes

Have you been recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes and not sure what to do? It can be quite overwhelming but help is at hand and you can take charge straight away by changing your diet and increasing, or starting, exercise. According to Diabetes Australia pre-diabetes means you have a higher blood sugar level than is normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

There are generally no symptons of pre-diabetes and it is diagnosed via a blood test. This particular blood test is a 'fasting' blood test (meaning no eating or drinking for 12 hours prior). It's easier to have this type of blood test early in the morning so you don't get too hungry!

There are ways to manage pre-diabetes and indeed, to reverse the diagnosis. The most common ways are:

- revise your diet by excluding sugary, high carb products like cakes, lollies, soft drinks and unhealthy take away food. Find some tips here on what to eat and what to avoid.

- increase or start, an exercise program. Choose an exercise you like, perhaps just walking to start with, and get started with 10 minutes a day and increase it each week until you're exercising approximately 30 minutes a day, most days.You can find some easy exercise tips here.

To help start your weight loss, or healthy eating journey we've recently introduced our 3 Meal per day Gourmet Box which gives you breakfast, lunch and dinner for 7 days. 

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About Pre-diabetes

Nearly one in 4 adults over 25 years old has either diabetes or a condition known as pre-diabetes. 

This is when the blood glucose levels are higher than normal - but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes.  Pre-diabetic is usually detected via an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test.

Common risk factors for Pre-diabetes are:

  • being overweight - especially those who have excess weight around the waistline.
  • being physically inactive
  • having high 'bad cholesterol' levels
  • having high blood pressure
  • having a family history of type diabetes and/or heart disease.

Treatment is life-style change - getting active, eating healthier foods and losing weight.

Please see your doctor if you think you may have pre-diabetes.

If you'd like to know more about getting healthy our dietitians at Diabetes Meals Online offer a free Healthy Lifestyle Course

For more information contact your State Diabetes Organisation on 1300 136 588

 

 

 

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