Did you know type 2 diabetes can be prevented? There is a window of opportunity right before the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, called pre-diabetes, when your Hemoglobin A1c is “sugar-coated” between 5.7 and 6.4 percent. This level is considered higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.
Luckily, pre-diabetes progressing into type 2 diabetes isn’t inevitable. You can make some healthy lifestyle changes to help prevent type 2 diabetes from setting in. For example, losing 7 percent of your weight (for a 250 pound person, 7 percent translates to 17 pounds) and exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can stop diabetes in its tracks.
If you think you’re at risk, you should schedule an appointment with one of our family medicine providers. Or for $15, you can use our Personal Lab Services to test your Hemoglobin A1c level. You can also attend our Pre-diabetes class held here at Hudson Physicians. Our next class is November 3 and only costs $10.