Pre-diabetes means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal and that you are at increased risk of developing full diabetes in the future. Over time, elevated blood glucose damages tissues, increases risk of illness, impacts your energy level, and is associated with weight gain. It also means you’re at increased risk of developing heart disease. The good news is that pre-diabetes is completely reversible with lifestyle modification. With a well-designed LifeStyle Plan, your commitment, and our support, a bright and healthy future is within your reach.
Am I At Risk?
Unlike many common health conditions, pre-diabetes comes with no clear symptoms. Over 79 million Americans are living with pre-diabetes and are unaware. Do you have this dangerous condition and not know it? At LifeStyle Medical Center we encourage and motivate our patients to be proactive about their health. We offer on-site Hemoglobin A1C , blood glucose, and other blood work screening at LifeStyle Medical Center and will actively collaborate with your physician on pre-diabetes, diabetes, and related care.
Calculate your risk here and help determine whether or not you should be assessed.
How is Pre-Diabetes Diagnosed?
There are a few different ways that Pre-Diabetes can be diagnosed.
A measure of your average blood glucose over the past 90 days.
LMC often uses this method since fasting is not required. We can perform the analysis onsite in just a couple of minutes.
Hemoglobin A1c 5.7%-6.4% = pre-diabetic
Hemoglogin A1c >6.5% = diabetes.
Fasting Blood Glucose
>126mg/dL on 2 separate occasions (normal = 70-100mg/dL)
Or >200mg/dL on 1 occasion
Note: If you were not fasting (ie: had eaten something within 8 hours) at the time of the test, it should be repeated.
Other tests defined by your medical provider
Already Diagnosed With Pre-Diabetes?
Lifestyle intervention has been proven extremely effective in treating pre-diabetes. Work with your LifeStyle Team on the following proven treatment strategies:
- Weight loss
- Nutrition- what, when, why, and how much you eat
- Exercise and physical activity
- Stress Management
We provide a unique approach to Diabetes Education. Instead of classes with a pre-established agenda and inflexible teaching schedule, our Nurse Practitioners, Registered Dietitians and Educators will work with you on personalized and individualized Diabetes Education. Each patient will accomplish a set of learning objectives over an 8 to 12 week period, but at their own pace, in their own time, and with information and materials that are best suited to them as an individual.
How Can I Reduce My Risk of Developing Pre-Diabetes?
Being proactive is the first step to decreasing your risk for pre-diabetes. For some patients, early treatment of pre-diabetes can effectively return blood glucose levels to the healthy range. Studies have shown that losing 5% – 7% of your body weight can help lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by over 50%! To help put that into prospective, that is only 14 pounds for a 200 pound individual. A little weight loss can go a long way in improving blood glucose and insulin control. You can also reduce risk by eating a diet moderate in refined carbohydrates, sugars, and saturated fat. Regular exercise and stress management also play a significant role.