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      Prediabetes: Can it be reversed?


      Having high blood sugar , also called prediabetes doesn't mean you're destined to develop type 2 diabetes.

      M aking healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a balanced diet, exercising, and dropping excess weight may help prevent the disease.

      T he American Diabetes Association says for some people at risk, taking the drug metformin may help too.

      I n healthy people, sugar enters the blood stream after we eat. Then the Hormone insulin gets involved helping the body's cells absorb the sugar and turn it into energy.

      I n people with prediabetes this process starts to work less efficiently and sugar builds up in your blood stream. With type 2 diabetes things worsen and people often have to be treated with insulin.

      I f you already have diabetes, you can still make lifestyle changes to help control the disease. In people who are overweight, losing only 5 to 10 percent of their body weight can help improve their condition.

      W hen it comes to food, instead of a restrictive diet, focus on cutting the fat and calories but don't skimp on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.