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Swimming, Prediabetes And Why Does It Matter?

Swimming, Prediabetes And Why Does It Matter?

Prediabetes can be treated sometimes without medication and swimming can be a significant contributor to preveting prediabetes turning onto full blown type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes can turn into type 2 diabetes and is especially likely in people who have a family history of diabetes, certain racial groups, women who had diabetes or have the polycystic ovarian syndrome and are overweight. Untreated, diabetes can lead to many serious health conditions.

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One of the largest studies in the US showed that people who participated in an intensive lifestyle modification program. which can include swimming [LINK] were far less likely to develop diabetes than those who made more standard lifestyle changes with or without medication. This includes individual dietary counselling including whole grains, vegetables and monosaturated fats, avoiding animal fats and sugars along with 120 minutes a week of brisk cardio exercise. At times, medication may be necessary, but the most effective way is to prevent diabetes by making these intensive lifestyle changes.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Indicators of prediabetes are fasting blood sugars in the 100-125 range or an abnormal result on a glucose tolerance test.
  • Research shows that intensive lifestyle modification can prevent prediabetes from developing into diabetes.
  • While some are wary of prescribing medication for prediabetes, it can be useful in certain circumstances.

"Many people have heard of type 2 diabetes, a disease where the body loses its ability to manage sugar levels."

Read more: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/what-is-prediabetes-and-why-does-it-matter-2017012511025?utm_id=388614&dlv-ga-memberid=32413555&mid=32413555&ml=388614


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