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Prediabetes

All month long we have been providing information to recognize Diabetes Awareness Month.


In today's blog, we are discussing Prediabetes and how a healthy lifestyle can help to manage your blood sugar to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but are not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

Signs & Symptoms


As with both Type 1 and 2 diabetes, the signs and symptoms of prediabetes are similar in nature.

  • unusual thirst

  • frequent urination

  • weight change (gain or loss)

  • extreme fatigue or lack of energy

  • blurred vision

  • frequent or recurring infections

  • cuts and bruises that are slow to heal

  • tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

  • trouble getting or maintaining an erection

It is important to consult with your doctor if you or a loved one is experiencing any or all of these symptoms.


Treatment & Prevention


Due to prediabetes being a precursor to type 2 diabetes, it is important to find ways of managing your blood sugar. The key is a healthy lifestyle.


According to Diabetes Canada, more than half of people with prediabetes can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. To help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it is suggested to follow a healthy diet using Canada's Food Guide or with advice from your doctor or nutritionist, exercising regularly and losing weight.


These manageable options can be simply adding more vegetables to your diet, increasing your daily activity by 10-15minutes, or drinking water instead of juice!


Every effort, no matter how small, counts towards reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as the complications from the disease include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and more!



For more information, be sure to visit the Diabetes Canada website here or consult your doctor for tools and resources. You will also find healthy recipes, information on activities and fitness for seniors, and health news on our blog!



 

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