Tips to help manage prediabetes and prevent diabetes

Being diagnosed with diabetes, or knowing someone who is diagnosed with the condition, may throw up many questions about how it fits into your daily life, from how it makes you feel, to managing diabetes at work, or while you are driving. Below are some tips on how we can all help to manage, and prevent, pre-diabetes. 

Take small steps. Making changes to your lifestyle and daily habits can be hard - the key is to get back on track as soon as you can.

Move more.
Limit time spent sitting and try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week. Start slowly by breaking it up throughout the day.

Choose healthier foods and drinks most of the time.
Pick foods that are high in fiber and low in fat and sugar whilst balancing vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. Drink water instead of sweetened drinks.

Lose weight, track it, and keep it off.
You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of your starting weight.

Seek support.
It is possible to reverse prediabetes. Making a plan, tracking your progress, and getting support from your health care professional and loved ones can help you make the necessary lifestyle changes.

Stay up to date on vaccinations.
The COVID-19 (booster shot, if eligible) and flu vaccines are especially important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 or the flu, such as people with diabetes.