Diabetes

Question
Posted by: | 2017/10/23

Q.

Diagnosed as pre-diabetic

Good day, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetic and extremely high colesterol (Close to having a stroke). How will being a pre-diabetic alter my eating habits to those who has diabetes. I dont have a sweet tooth, but I like having sweets like mentos etc throughout the day, especially when I feel tired.

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2017/10/24

Hi

Prediabetes is the stage before developing overt diabetes. Diabetes can be prevented or delayed, and trials done in high risk patients have shown that by losing 4 kg's in 4 years, one can reduce their chances of getting diabetes by 58%. Most trials used a low fat, high fiber, low GI diet with exercise, but potentially a low carb diet would work as well. A Mediterranean diet has also shown to be useful. Losing weight is always hard. The best way is to cut down on total calories, more so than the type of calories, for your body can only burn so many calories a day, and if you eat less than this, then weight loss will occur.  Exercise requirements for weight loss are a lot and entail about 60-90 minutes every day. There is in effect no difference in the diet for patients with prediabetes or diabetes, as it is just a continuum. I would suggest a dietician to help you plan an appropriate diet

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