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can prediabetes be cured ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Prediabetes concern: Often increasing exercise & eating more healthfully can have a significant impact on blood sugars
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Controlled: Losing 5-15% of body weight and regular exercise for at least 150 minuted/week reduces the risk of progressing to diabetes by about 60%. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health!
Dr. Ljubomir Ilic
Nephrology and Dialysis 22 years experience
Insulin resistance: Diet, exercise, and, most importantly, weight loss will decrease insulin resistance and likely normalize your blood sugars.
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Prevention Program: The CDC describes a prevention program including a trained coach to make realistic, lasting lifestyle changes, Discovering how to eat healthy and add more physical activity into your day, managing stress, staying motivated, solving problems that can slow your progress, and getting support from people with similar goals and challenges. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Diet/exercise/meds: "pre-diabetes" can refer to impaired fasting glucose (high blood glucose[bg] before meals; 100-125) or impaired glucose tolerance (bg 140-199 2 hours after glucose load on the oral glucose tolerance test). In some people, this occurs due to metabolic changes that happen when there is too much fat tissue. Diet, exercise, weight loss can help prevent progression to diabetes. Metformin can help.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Behavior Change Game: Leveraging your mobile phone can make behavior change easier. Three simple behaviors need to be added to your routine, water, eating vegetables and walking. Weekly weigh in's help reinforce your progress. Commit to using Personal Medicine+ behavior change platform for one month, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-medicine+/id846379884?mt=
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
It's not.: Prediabetes implies the eventual development of diabetes, which is usually genetically predetermined. So at best, aggressive management of prediabetes can delay the onset of diabetes. It's all semantics, but technically diabetes and Prediabetes can be managed but not cured.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Prediabetes is a new term I ever heard. What is it?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Warning sign: Prediabetes is a warning sign that you may be at risk for developing diabetes. You have some features that may lead to diabetes but you do not yet fit the definition for diagnosis. Two of the criteria for diabetes are two fasting blood sugars of 126 or higher and a random non-fasting sugar of 200 or higher. Prediabetes is a fasting sugar of 100-125 or random of 140-199. There are others too.
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Can prediabetes be reversed?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: The diabetes prevention program (dpp- please look at their website for information) has shown that through proper diet and exercise (5-7% weight loss, 30 min of moderate activity 5 days per week) can prevent progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. I have seen many patients able to bring their blood sugar from prediabetic range back to normal with proper diet/exercise routine.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can prediabetes cause cramps?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Not likely.: "pre-diabetes" is used to describe a condition where the blood glucose (bg) is high, but not high enough to be as damaging as uncontrolled diabetes can be.Fasting bg between 100 - 125 is "pre-diabetic"(impaired fasting glucose), as is a bg between 140 - 199 after 75g of glucose by mouth (impaired glucose tolerance).While there are increased risks even of "pre-diabetes, " cramps not likely due to it.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to reverse prediabetes?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 64 years experience
Possibly: This subject is undergoing much research at the present. With strict adherence to diet, exercise and weight loss there have been some studies that have shown the reversal of prediabetes.
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What are the symptoms of prediabetes?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Not much: Unlike type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetics might not have any physical signs/symptoms. It's important to get your lab tested if you think you have prediabetes. Some of the signs/symptoms of hyperglycemia are: unusual thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision, fatigue or feeling more tired than normal for unknown reasons, unusual weight loss, hunger, frequent infections, cuts/bruises that won't heal...

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