Prediabetes and what can you do to prevent type 2 diabetes.
The NHS says diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
Type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
1/3 of adults in England are thought to have prediabetes
A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. See below for the risk factors.
Diabetes UK said “We need to make sure those at high risk are made aware of this so that they can get the advice and support they need to make the lifestyle changes that can help reduce this. In fact, up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes could be avoided or delayed by making these kinds of changes”.
If you have diabetes or are worried about your risk ShapeUp4Life is here to support you to make changes to your lifestyle which can help you to lose weight, get more active and reduce your risk of disease.
Many factors increase your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. To find out more about your risk, see which characteristics in this list apply to you.
Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people with prediabetes.
Study source: https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3791