Dr. Pamela Phares reviews the signs to look for with pre-diabetes and gives tips for things you can do to keep diabetes at bay.">

Oct 24, 2017 — There are often no physical symptoms for pre-diabetes, but having high cholesterol, obese with belly fat, or a family history of diabetes can all be indicators you are at risk. On today's Health Minute, diabetes specialist Dr. Pamela Phares reviews the signs to look for with pre-diabetes and gives tips for things you can do to keep diabetes at bay.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: How do you know if you're at risk for prediabetes? Pamela Phares specializes in diabetes care. What are some of the signs that I could be in danger?

Pamela: Well, often there are no physical symptoms. However, if you've been told you have high cholesterol, obese with belly fat, very sedentary, family history of diabetes, or maybe have heart disease and hypertension, or if you're a Hispanic, African American, or Native American, you may be at high risk for prediabetes.

Interviewer: And if something on that list sounds kind of familiar, what should a person do?

Pamela: They should follow up with their healthcare provider, and have their blood sugar checked, and their risk for prediabetes assessed.

Interviewer: And if somebody is diagnosed with prediabetes, what can they do about it?

Pamela: So you can prevent diabetes progression by exercising regularly and getting sugar out of your diet as well as simple carbs, reducing intake of processed foods, and half of your plate at each meal should be fruit and vegetables.

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