Prediabetes Care

Your best chance to prevent diabetes

Leaving prediabetes untreated can lead to type 2 diabetes and a host of chronic health problems, yet tens of millions of Americans don’t know they have the condition. If you have concerns, be sure to ask your Novant Health primary care provider for a prediabetes screening during your annual checkup. You can also consult directly with the registered dietitians and other specialists at our Diabetes & Nutrition clinics.

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Prediabetes FAQs

Prediabetes treatment options

Sustained changes in diet can help reduce and regulate your blood sugar levels. Options depend on your personal metabolism, but can include eating more vegetables and healthy proteins and reducing your consumption of sugar, sweetened foods and starchy carbs.

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Weight gain is a common risk factor for developing diabetes. Incorporate a moderate 30-minute exercise routine five times a week for healthy weight management.

When you develop symptoms or risk factors for prediabetes, you need to know if the actions you take are helping to manage those risks. Schedule regular checkups with your primary care provider so they can monitor your progress.

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Your primary care provider may prescribe medications to improve how your body uses glucose. For instance, studies have shown that the medication Metformin can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in some people by about 30 percent. They may also prescribe medications to control high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart disease.

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Turn prediabetes around before diabetes occurs

Prediabetes occurs when your fasting blood glucose, or sugar, level is above normal. It can progress to type 2 diabetes, when your body does not produce or use enough of the hormone insulin to turn glucose into energy.

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Are you at risk for diabetes?

The sooner you learn if you have prediabetes, the better your chances of preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Take the CDC's prediabetes risk quiz today.