Health Matters

Prediabetes: Now What?

Guest: Dr. Stephen Spann

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Prediabetes is a precursor to type 2 diabetes and affects a third of U.S. adults. Dr. Stephen Spann, Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine, says many of them don’t even know they have it.

“Having prediabetes means your blood glucose or hemoglobin A1C levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. In other words, you're headed in the wrong direction.”

“Just because you have prediabetes doesn't mean you'll get full-blown diabetes. Reducing your weight by at least 7% is recommended. The DASH and Mediterranean diets are effective. Also, get 30 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking, 5 days a week.”

“Studies have shown these lifestyle modifications can reduce the risk of progression to diabetes by 41%.”

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