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Exercise, Healthy Diet Can Help Prevent Prediabetes
11/03/2011

ALLEN, Texas — Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are consistently above normal ranges, yet too low to be diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Research shows a correlation between prediabetes and damage to your body’s cardiovascular system and indicates it is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Many who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may have unknowingly had prediabetes.

There are ways to prevent prediabetes or at least lower the risk of it turning into type 2 diabetes. Exercising and eating a healthy diet are key. According to the ADA, exercising at least 30 minutes per day and eating a healthy diet can significantly reduce the risk of prediabetes developing into type 2 diabetes.

Walking can be a great way to start. Not only does it lower the risk for diabetes, but walking can also lower the risk of other ailments and conditions. Working with a registered dietitian can you make good decisions about eating the right foods for your health goals. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen offers appointments with registered dietitians.

“If you think you are at risk of prediabetes, consult your doctor especially if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Andrew Minigutti, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. “It is important to consider life changes such as adding an exercise routine and changing your eating habits to ward off conditions like prediabetes. Even the smallest change can benefit your health.”

For more information, visit American Diabetes Association website. Texas Health Resources offers educational opportunities about diabetes. For information about these opportunities, visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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