How can I reverse prediabetes?
With early diagnosis, prediabetes can often be reversed. It just takes making doable changes like eating healthier, getting exercise, and figuring out the best ways to manage stress and cope with real-life challenges. The in-person or virtual support available through the CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make those changes—and make them stick.
What changes should I make in terms of diet and exercise?
First, talk with your doctor or medical professional. He or she will be able to connect you with the National Diabetes Prevention Program or other nutritional help, which will set you on the right path. You’ll learn how to prioritize certain foods over others. Also, know that increasing your physical activity helps tremendously. There are many ways to increase your physical activity that can also be a lot of fun, like taking dance lessons, going on a long walk with a friend, or joining a class at the gym.
What’s the best way to reverse prediabetes?
If you have prediabetes, losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight and getting regular physical activity can help reverse prediabetes and lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A small amount of weight loss means around 5 to 7 percent of your body weight (about 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person). Regular physical activity means getting at least 150 minutes a week (that’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a week) of brisk walking or a similar activity. A lifestyle-change program offered through the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make those changes—and make them stick. Through the yearlong program, you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 50 percent.
What is the treatment for prediabetes?
Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan for prediabetes to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Your doctor may also refer you to the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program for coaching on how to make healthy changes. This might include moderate weight loss, changes to eating habits, and more exercise.
Not sure what reversing prediabetes might look like for you? Hear testimonials from participants in the National Diabetes Prevention Program about what worked for them.