Prediabetes means you have a higher than normal blood sugar level. It’s not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes yet, but without lifestyle changes, adults and children with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Eating healthy foods, making physical activity part of your daily routine and staying at a healthy weight can help bring your blood sugar level back to normal. The same lifestyle changes that can help prevent type 2 diabetes in adults might also help bring children’s blood sugar levels back to normal.
One possible sign of prediabetes is darkened skin on certain parts of the body. Affected areas can include the neck, armpits, elbows, knees and knuckles.
Classic signs and symptoms that suggest you’ve moved from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes include:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Excess hunger
- Blurred vision
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you’re concerned about diabetes or if you notice any type 2 diabetes signs or symptoms. Ask your doctor about blood sugar screening if you have any risk factors for diabetes.
Five Tips to Balance Your Blood Sugar Naturally
Tip #1: Exercise
To help balance blood sugar, I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes per day of physical activity. Physical activity also helps support your heart, your inflammatory response, and your optimal weight.
Tip #2: Get enough Sleep
Try to get 7 to 8 hours of high-quality sleep per night. Stick to a schedule for going to bed and waking up — and make sure you’re sleeping on a good-quality mattress.
Tip #3: Work on Your Diet — Eat the Right Kind of Carbs
Choose more foods with a lower glycemic index. The glycemic index (GI) measures how quickly a carbohydrate-containing food will raise your blood sugar.
Foods with a high GI raise your blood sugar faster than foods with a medium or low GI. It’s best to choose foods that have a low or medium GI — beans, legumes, and non-starchy vegetables, a few starchy vegetables including sweet potatoes, and some fruits.
And make sure to avoid sugar-laden and processed foods such as white bread, pasta, cookies, crackers, and the like. Besides being unhealthy in general, they are high-glycemic-index foods.
Tip #4: Control Your Stress Level
Stress plays a role in blood sugar imbalance. In addition, stress promotes weight gain and contributes to improper inflammatory response. You might join a gentle yoga class, learn meditation or relaxation techniques, and look for ways to laugh every day.
Tip #5: Find a Supplement for Blood Sugar Balance
I have seen far too many patients in my medical practice struggle with issues related to their blood sugar balance — including weight concerns, food cravings, and feeling sluggish or jittery.
So I began to look into natural nutrients that help balance blood sugar.
I knew most of my patients couldn’t afford to take handfuls of different nutrients.
After much research, I came up with a targeted multi-ingredient supplement to provide optimal blood sugar support.
Below is an example of an excellent supplement for pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Berberine 1200mg HCL Plus Ceylon Cinnamon Capsules