Not everyone who has pre-diabetes needs to lose weight so weight-loss isn’t the only focus of pre-diabetes treatment. Pre-diabetes is a medical condition that needs to be treated by making changes in your lifestyle, and, for some, may even require medication to help improve insulin response or lower to lower blood sugar. So what are these ‘lifestyle’ changes? That depends on the individual and may include a variety of things you will need to address that you may not even be aware of.
Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age. It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better. Research has shown that doing aerobic or a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes can give you these mental health benefits. Some scientific evidence has also shown that even lower levels of physical activity can be beneficial. That’s great, but does sex count as exercise? (Hint: yes!)
If you have pre-diabetes you may be sensitive to gluten, have wheat intolerance, or even Celiac disease. Gluten is in all flours containing wheat and will be the main ingredient in most restaurant and commercial pizza crusts. If you feel bloated after eating pizza it may be the gluten in the crust.