Just a “little touch of sugar?”
If you’re among the approximately 85 million North Americans with prediabetes—higher-than-normal levels of blood sugar, which boost your risk for full-blown diabetes and related health problems—don’t shrug it off. New research published in the journal The Lancet found that prediabetic patients who had at least one normal blood sugar reading, even for a short period of time, were 56 per cent more likely to avoid progressing to diabetes during nearly six years of follow-up after the study.
In other words, “This is your chance to take control,” says Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH, senior director of chronic disease prevention for the YMCA-USA. “Research proves that some simple, daily lifestyle changes can dramatically cut the risk for developing diabetes over the next couple of years by 58 per cent, which is better than what is seen with frequently prescribed medications like metformin.”
The key? Avoid these four roadblocks between you and a healthier future.