Prediabetes is a serious diagnosis that could mean you’re at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is when you have dangerous levels of glucose, aka sugar, circulating in your blood because your body isn't making enough insulin to process the sugar.
If you’re one of 84 million adults in the United States with prediabetes, your blood glucose levels are too high to be healthy. Although it sounds scary, there are ways you can improve your health. And lower your risk of full-fledged diabetes.
At North Texas Internal Medicine Specialists, we understand how upsetting prediabetes can be. Dr. Mihaela Perijoc can help you make lifestyle changes to lower your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
Dr. Perijoc recommends cutting out sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed foods. Removing certain sugars is an opportunity to add more delicious and healthy whole foods to your diet. Explore the outer aisles of your grocery store. And learn new recipes from world cuisines that are filling, delicious, and healthy. Don't be afraid to explore lifestyle diets. Such as a Mediterranean diet, paleo diet, or cyclical ketogenic diet.
Here's what you should cut from your diet:
Here’s what you should add to your diet:
If you're overweight, you might want to consider losing body fat. This could help reverse your prediabetes and get your blood-sugar levels under control.
Switching to a whole-foods diet can help you shed pounds naturally. While keeping you full and satisfied. Make sure you're exercising, as well. Even if that just means walking outside for 30 minutes a day.
You may be sensitive to foods or have other allergies that cause inflammation in your body. Stress can also contribute to your weight gain. Dr. Perijoc believes in addressing every factor that contributes to your health. Which is why she custom designs her treatment plans based on your specific health concerns and goals.
Not getting enough sleep can raise your blood-sugar levels. And make it harder for your body to use the hormone insulin. Do you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep? You may have a hormonal imbalance, or you may be eating or exercising too close to bedtime.
Dr. Perijoc recommends good sleep habits. Such as having the same bedtime and rise time, even on weekends. Sleeping in a cool, dark room can also be beneficial.
You should see Dr. Perijoc every three to six months to make sure your blood sugar levels are under control.
Having a functional medicine specialist on your team will help you feel supported. So you can make changes that’ll keep you healthy long-term.
To set up a prediabetes consultation, call our office today at 214-216-6932 or use our handy online booking form.