6 steps to improve prediabetes
Now it is time to get practical and create success. In this article we cover the 6 simple steps for improving prediabetes. Know why your health matters and what you will do. Then pick a start date, get going, and learn as you go. Have a healthier and happier future.
Need to know
- Knowing why it is important to improve prediabetes can help with making lifestyle changes.
- Nutrition changes have the greatest effect.
- Improvement in overall health and HbA1c can be noticed after three months.
6 steps for prediabetes improvement
Following a simple process can increase the chance of success.
1. Know why
Know why improving prediabetes matters to you.
- Why do you want to improve your health?
- What difference will it make to you life?
- What do you hope to notice as your health improves?
2. When to start?
Decide on a day to start the lifestyle changes. What prepartion do you need?
- Do you need to check with a healthcare professional before making any major dietary changes?
- Will you start today or in the near future? Pick a day.
3. What lifestyle changes?
Make a short plan of the lifestyle changes you will start with. It is personal, so develop a plan that suits you.
- Nutrition changes usually have the greatest impact on blood glucose. What nutrition changes will you make? Will you make changes one-step at a time, or will you follow a specific food list or diet?
- What movement improvements could you make?
- Can sleep be improved?
4. What will help?
What do you need to help you succeed?
- What resources do you need to help with your lifestyle choices?
- Would support from other people help with your lifestyle choices?
5. What happened?
Improving prediabetes is usually a contiuous learning experience. People rarely achieve complete and sustained success in one go. Often the best results come after trying something, noticing what happens, and learning.
- Notice what works as you make lifestyle changes.
- What benefits are you noticing? With nutrition changes many people start to notice health benefits within a few weeks.
- What do you learn when things don't go to plan? What might you do differently? What else would help?
6. Re-testing HbA1c
An HbA1c blood test can be used to monitor the effect of lifestyle change on prediabetes. It is usual to retest HbA1c after 3 to 6 months of dietary change. Some people will see significant improvements in this time. Other people may see smaller changes.
- If there was a significant improvement in HbA1c, what was it that created this? Are the changes you made something you will continue?
- If there was only a small or no improvement in HbA1c, why might this be? Could further dietary changes be made? Would more resources of support be helpful?