Why Is It Important to Recognize and Treat Pre-Diabetes?
A large 3 year study done recently in patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes found that lifestyle changes with exercise, mild weight loss and treatment with drugs that work to sensitize a person to the actions of insulin, can decrease a person with pre-diabetes chance of getting type 2 diabetes by up to 60%. Changing a person's lifestyle habits with increased physical activities and mild weight loss was more effective than medications at reducing the risk of developing the disease. For some people with pre-diabetes, intervening early can actually return elevated blood glucose levels to the normal range.
Reviewed by Certified Diabetes Educators in the Department of Patient Education and Health Information and by physicians in the Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.
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