An Introduction to Self-Management
Self-management is an essential part of prediabates care. The following information is to help you to learn how to prevent and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through lifestyle changes the onset of type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is when blood glucose levels are raised but do not reach the threshold for diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that lifestyle interventions, such as increasing physical activity, a healthy diet and weight management can reduce the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes.
How will you know if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
Your GP or practice nurse may have done a blood test called HbA1c, this tells us if your blood glucose levels have been raised above the normal level.
There are several other reasons that can increase someone’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, some of these you can change and others you cannot.
What you can’t change:
- Family history
- Medical history
What you can change:
- Activity levels
If you have not seen your GP and would like to know your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you can use the following online tool: www.diabetes.org.uk/risk
Below are four Diabetes Awareness videos you may find helpful to learn how to self-manage your condition and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
- Video 1: What is pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes?
- Video 2: An introduction to carbohydrates
- Video 3: Applying the Eatwell Guide to Diabetes
- Video 4: Self-care, Monitoring and management
Video 1: What is pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes?
Video 2: An introduction to carbohydrates
Video 3: Applying the Eatwell Guide to Diabetes
Video 4: Self-care, Monitoring and management
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