A disaster can be considered many different things to different people. For some it could mean developing type 2 diabetes rather than preventing or delaying it.
- Always teach numbers- the power of numbers and what they mean. What are the diagnostic criteria for normal, prediabetes and diabetes ranges.
- Teach and remind patients of the power of a healthy lifestyle. This can mean different things to different people. There is on perfect “diet” for everyone. Science has shown us the best “diet” for someone to follow is the one that they can stick to. This does not mean junk food. As for physical activity, the ADA standards of care even recommends to increase moderate activity to at least 150 minutes/week. Remember some activity is better than none and do add resistance training.
- Teach that yes, some medications are used off label for prediabetes. If you use this in your practice, teach patients why and warn them other health care providers may not agree.
- Ask your self-what would you like your levels to be? Why not give your patient that option to choose what they want and are willing to work for?
- The more informed your patients are-the better your patients can choose what they want to do for their health. The decision is then a decision made together with information or shared decision making.
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