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For Your Health: Taking Control of your Pre-Diabetes

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Diet and prediabetes publisher version

The Importance of Weight Management and Exercise

Diet is a critical factor in preventing diabetes but don’t forget exercise!

Regular consistent exercise such as walking, swimming, biking, or taking classes at a health club can help aid in weight loss or maintaining weight and helps aid in lowering blood sugars. Research shows positive health benefits when exercising at least four to five days a week for 30-60 minutes. This can be broken up throughout the day into smaller sessions or done all at once

People tend to underestimate what they are eating. So if weight loss is needed, start a food journal. Studies have shown that people who start a food journal lose weight twice as fast as dieters who don’t. To start a journal, log all the food and drink you consume, the portion size, time spent exercising, blood sugar levels and weight once or twice a week. This will keep you accountable and help you reach your goals faster. Working with a registered dietitian can help you set attainable exercise and weight goals, assist with meal planning, and help keep you on track. If you are pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes, you’ll by surprised by how much better you’ll feel once you take control of your health.

People tend to underestimate what they are eating. So if weight loss is needed, start a food journal. Studies have shown that people who start a food journal lose weight twice as fast as dieters who don’t. To start a journal, log all the food and drink you consume, the portion size, time spent exercising, blood sugar levels and weight once or twice a week. This will keep you accountable and help you reach your goals faster.Working with a registered dietitian can help you set attainable exercise and weight goals, assist with meal planning, and help keep you on track. If you are pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes, you’ll by surprised by how much better you’ll feel once you take control of your health.

Working with a registered dietitian can help you set attainable exercise and weight goals, assist with meal planning, and help keep you on track. If you are pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes, you’ll by surprised by how much better you’ll feel once you take control of your health.

EXPERT:
Julie Mahler, MS, RD, CD