People with pre-diabetes will often have no symptoms, but have an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Patients belonging to Feltham and Great West Road Localities can access a special service and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
What is Pre-diabetes?
Pre-diabetes is also called Impaired Glucose Tolerance. Like diabetes, pre-diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high and the body cannot use it properly. The glucose levels are not high enough at this stage to be diagnosed with diabetes.
In pre-diabetes, the pancreas (an organ in the body) does not produce enough insulin or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly. Insulin is a hormone in the blood which lowers and controls blood glucose level. This is often the result of carrying extra fat around the waist area.
Is there a cure for Pre-diabetes?
There are no medications which can treat or cure pre-diabetes.
The only way of reducing your risk of diabetes is through lifestyle changes. This includes increasing activity levels, eating a healthy, balanced diet & maintaining a healthy weight.
What is the ‘Move Away from Pre-diabetes’ programme?
The programme is fun, motivating and an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about nutrition and making healthy changes to your lifestyle.
The service aims to help you achieve:
- healthy weight
- healthy eating
- more active lifestyle
- improved blood pressure, blood glucose & cholesterol
You can download the patient leaflet here.