There are 19 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the United States. Roughly 7 million remain undiagnosed. But did you know that there are 79 million who have prediabetes?1
Before people develop type 2 diabetes they almost always have “prediabetes”—blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and the circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes.
Prediabetes is a serious medical condition. The good news, however, is that it can be treated and a recently completed Diabetes Prevention Program (“DPP”) study conclusively showed that people with prediabetes can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making changes in their diet and increasing their level of physical activity. They may even be able to return their blood glucose levels to normal range.
While the DPP also showed that some medications may delay the development of diabetes, diet and exercise worked better. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight, produced a 58% reduction in diabetes.2
Even better news is that prediabetes can be avoided and prevented with a few lifestyle choices. First and most importantly, focus on your nutrition by making healthy food choices. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits; try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety. Choose non-starchy vegetables and whole grain foods over processed products. Pick lean meats like cuts of beef and pork that end in “loin”. Remove skin from chicken and turkey. Prioritize liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats that can be high in saturated and trans fats. Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain so watch your portion sizes.
Secondly, incorporate exercise to your life. Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone and it’s especially important if you are risk for diabetes. But exercise does not necessarily mean running a marathon or bench-pressing 300 pounds. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy, from gardening to playing tennis to walking with friends. So, you can earn the benefits of being physically active without going to a gym, playing sports, or using fancy equipment. Physical activity can lower your blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure, and cholesterol. It also reduces your risk for heart disease and stroke, relieves stress, and strengthens your heart, muscles, and bones.
In addition, regular activity helps insulin work better, improves your blood circulation, and keeps your joints flexible. If you are trying to lose weight, which you should if you are at risk for prediabetes, a combination of physical activity and wise food choices can help you reach your target weight and maintain it. Canfo’s GlucoseSheild®
is designed to support blood sugar metabolism and pancreatic function, which can be part of your routine in obtaining a healthier lifestyle.**This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.