Management Tips for Pre-Diabetics
With education and lifestyle changes, diabetes can be prevented.
Below are some tips from Scott & White specialists on how to stay healthy and prevent diabetes-related complications. For more tips and information from our providers, visit our blog at community.sw.org.
"Our focus is on prevention. We don't want to wait until you have a disastrous complication," says J. Marshall Devall, DPM, Podiatrist. "Get control of your sugars, your weight, your diet and prevent problems before they start."
Maintain a healthy weight Maintain a healthy weight
"High-fat, high-sugar diets, coupled with sedentary lifestyles, often raise cholesterol and glucose levels and increases blood pressure, increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke and a host of other problems," Dr. Devall says. "Many of the side effects of a poor diet can be reversed if people just tighten control of their diets."
Eating more fruits and vegetables and choosing lower-fat meats, such as chicken and turkey, will enable your body to better respond to insulin, which in turn will it easier for you to exercise. It will also aid in maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Don't smoke Don't smoke
Education and Support
"Education is the key. If you know your blood sugar levels are borderline and you don’t do anything about it, diabetes will eventually happen to you," diabetes nurse educator Barbara Buckles, RN, CDE says. "Understanding the disease and doing everything you can to prevent or delay its onset is the best medicine."
Scott & White offers self-management classes to understand - and prevent - the onset of diabetes.
Diabetes self-management classes Diabetes self-management classes
The Scott & White Education Center provides diabetes self-management classes to help patients and families cope with type 2 diabetes. The six-month program covers topics such as healthy eating and exercise, foot care, stress management and glucose monitoring.