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I've Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes: Now What?

I've Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes: Now What?

Prediabetes is a condition that affects millions of individuals, and if you've recently received this diagnosis, it's natural to have questions and concerns. Our experienced and compassionate team at Summit Primary Care is here to provide you with guidance and support on what to do next.

Understanding prediabetes

When you have prediabetes, your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet in the range of Type 2 diabetes. It's a crucial warning sign that indicates you have an increased risk of developing full-blown diabetes if left unaddressed. The good news is that prediabetes is manageable, and with the right steps, you can lower your risk.

Create a management plan

Our Summit Primary Care team will help you develop a comprehensive prediabetes management plan, which may include:

1. Dietary changes

The first step to reducing your risk of developing diabetes is to reduce your intake of sugary and processed foods. Focus on a balanced diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. 

2. Establish a consistent exercise plan

Work toward at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Activities like walking, swimming, or cycling can be beneficial.

3. Manage your weight

If you're overweight, even modest weight loss (5-10% of your current weight) can significantly reduce your risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes.

4. Medication

In some cases, we may prescribe medication to help manage your blood sugar levels.

Regular monitoring

Monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly is essential to track your progress and make adjustments to your management plan as needed. We guide you on how often to check your levels while encouraging you to visit our office for your annual checkups.

Stay committed to your follow-up appointments. These appointments are essential for assessing your progress, making necessary adjustments to your management plan, and providing ongoing guidance and support.

Embrace lifestyle changes

You can help manage prediabetes and reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes with the following lifestyle changes:

 

Making small changes can benefit your health in many ways.

Stay informed

Keep yourself informed about the latest developments in diabetes research and treatment options. Our compassionate medical team can also keep you updated on any advances that may benefit your condition.

A prediabetes diagnosis is an opportunity to make positive changes in your life and reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. At Summit Primary Care, we're here to support you on your journey to better health. 

Call us or schedule an appointment online at one of our offices in La Junta, Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo, Colorado, today. 



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