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How to Stop Prediabetes from Turning into Diabetes

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By    |   Sunday, 14 July 2019 12:06 PM

It is widely believed that people with "prediabetes" are on the fast track to developing type 2 diabetes. However, new research now suggests this is not necessarily true. In fact, in a majority of cases in a recent study prediabetes did not turn into diabetes. Also, more people with prediabetes reverted to normal blood sugar levels over 12 years than people with prediabetes who went on to develop type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is a health condition afflicting over 80 million American adults. Blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes, the CDC explained. Normal blood sugar levels should be under 100 milligrams per deciliter. In prediabetes, those levels are between 100 and 125. In diabetes, those levels rise above 125.

After conducting a 12-year study of 918 participants over 60, who were diagnosed with prediabetes, researchers from the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, now believe that people with prediabetes are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than originally thought.

This is according to their study, which found that 22 percent of participants reverted to normal blood sugar levels (normoglycemia) while 13 percent of participants developed diabetes. However, researchers believe certain factors contributed towards these results.

Things such as having lower systolic blood pressure, no heart disease, and a healthy weight could all help in reverting blood sugar levels back to normal.

Speaking to Healthline, Satesh Bidaisee, a professor of public health and preventive medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada, stressed the importance of preventative measures.

"Once patients are diagnosed with prediabetes, we can apply strategies to mitigate against progress to diabetes," he said. This includes adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle, cutting back on sugar, exercising more and losing weight.

"Pre-something means that it’s a precursor, so there’s that assumption [that the condition will lead to diabetes]," Bidaisee continued. However, he added that prediabetes reversal is not necessarily a cure.

"It needs to be maintained," he added.

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It is widely believed that people with "prediabetes" are on the fast track to developing type 2 diabetes. However, new research now suggests this is not necessarily true. In fact, in a majority of cases in a recent study prediabetes did not turn into diabetes. Also, more...
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