What is Pre-Diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is a term that refers to many people who have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. 
Studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent through changes to their lifestyle that include modest weight loss,personalized healthy nutrition and a regular exercise program.
The expert panel recommends that people with pre-diabetes reduce their weight by 5-10 percent and participate in some type of modest physical activity for 30 minutes daily. Reducing weight by 5% to 10% can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood glucose levels.
The addition of an oral anti-diabetic agent to the healthy lifestyle changes above may further decrease the likelihood of progression to diabetes.
Well, congratulations on the successful outcomes of your current lifestyle.
Your fasting blood glucose (FBG) levels are below 100 mg/dl and in the normal range. The bedtime levels are good. The normal FBG is below 100 mg/dl and the normal postprandial (2 hours post start of meals) is below 140 mg/dl. These are your target levels to avoid type 2 diabetes.
A normal Aic is 4% to 6%.
Body mass index (BMI) is measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women.
BMI Categories:
• Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
• Overweight = 25-29.9
• Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater.

Catherine Burns R.N. B.S.