If you have a family history of diabetes, or if you’ve recently been diagnosed with prediabetes, prevention is key to avoiding full-blown diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body processes and uses glucose, the building block of carbohydrates. Individuals with diabetes can’t regulate the balance between glucose and insulin, which leads to the onset of specific symptoms and even can cause other serious health issues.
The causes of diabetes
Family history is an important driver of whether you’re likely to have diabetes. If your parents or other close family members have diabetes, you may share genetic factors that predispose you to the disease.
Lifestyle is also important for determining if you’re susceptible to diabetes. An unbalanced diet and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to the physical changes in your body that allow for prediabetes and, if left unchecked, full-blown diabetes.
The difference between diabetes and prediabetes
Diabetes is characterized by a consistently high level of sugar in your blood. It’s caused by many factors that interact with each other to create the perfect conditions for diabetes.
Prediabetes is a scenario in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to merit a diabetes diagnosis. In this case, it is important to schedule a meeting with a provider immediately to develop a plan to get on top of your prediabetes, or even reverse it.
Steps to take to prevent full diabetes
During your initial consultation with Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, you can expect a thorough physical examination with a combination of history-taking and conducting any tests needed, such as measuring your blood glucose levels. Following this, she can recommend a specific treatment plan to approach your prediabetes diagnosis, as well as your general health and wellness.
Preventing diabetes is most successful with a holistic, multipronged approach. This includes following a healthy diet plan, getting enough exercise, and using specific tools to control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels — all of these lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
As a skilled provider with years of experience with medical weight loss and nutritional therapy, Dr. Youdim designs a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle to introduce foods that are low in sugar and fat and high in fiber and protein. Exercise is also integral, with an emphasis on preventing diabetes through targeted weight loss.
Prevention and long-term health, together
Along with addressing your prediabetes diagnosis, it’s also beneficial to focus on your long-term health and wellness goals, whether that’s weight loss, muscle strengthening, or a health goal such as completing a 5K or working out consistently. These goals not only help you in preventing full-blown diabetes, but also ensure you have a healthy, vibrant, and active lifestyle.
If you’re ready to explore treatment options for prediabetes and diabetes, or if you’re curious about improving your general health and wellness, call or click today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Youdim.