Small Steps, BIG Difference

November is National Diabetes Month!

Prediabetes is a serious health condition that puts you at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes affects more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults—that’s 88 million people—but most people don’t know they have it.

The good news is that by making healthy lifestyle changes, it is possible to manage or reverse prediabetes and prevent it from turning into type 2 diabetes.

Follow these tips to prevent/manage prediabetes:

01. Take small steps

Making changes to your lifestyle
and daily habits can be hard, but
you don’t have to change everything
at once. Start small.

02. Move more

Limit time spent sitting and try to
get at least 30 minutes of physical
activity 5 days a week. Start slowly by
breaking it up throughout the day.

03. Choose healthier foods and drinks more often

Pick foods that are high in fiber and low
in fat and sugar. Build a plate that
includes a balance of vegetables,
protein, and carbohydrates. Drink
water instead of sweetened drinks.

04. Lose weight, track it, keep it off

You may be able to prevent or delay
diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of
your starting weight.

05. Seek support from your doctor

People are more successful at
managing their prediabetes if they
have regular contact and support
from trusted health care professionals.

06. Stay up to date on vaccinations

The COVID-19 and flu vaccines are
important for people who may be more
likely to get very sick from COVID-19
or the flu, such as people with diabetes.