How Can I Reverse Prediabetes?

Prediabetes, or high blood sugar that puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Learn how to create your prediabetes reversal plan.
Can you reverse prediabetes
Natalie Stein

Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Expert | Lark Health

If you learn that you are at risk for diabetes, there is one question that may be in your head: How do I reverse prediabetes?! 

Here is a step-by-step guide for lowering blood sugar and reversing prediabetes.

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1. Talk to your healthcare provider

Prediabetes, or high blood sugar that puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, is a health condition. It is safest to ask your healthcare provider for help in developing your prediabetes reversal plan. It is also recommended to ask your healthcare provider before making any changes related to diet, exercise, or other health behaviors.

2. Join a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

Diabetes Prevention Program providers, such as Lark, are dedicated to helping reverse prediabetes naturally through weight loss, physical activity, and dietary changes. Participants in a DPP who stick with the year-long program can lower risk for type 2 diabetes by over 50%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You may be eligible to participate in Lark DPP for free if your health insurance covers it.

3.Build a support network

The way to reverse prediabetes is to make healthy changes to your daily life. While these changes can be healthy and make you feel better, they can also take some work to accomplish. Having support from sources such as family, friends, and coworkers can increase the chances of sticking with the plan.

Your Lark coach can also be part of your support network. Lark offers information, holds you accountable, and gives encouragement when you need it, even on nights and weekends, and without limits.

4. Make a change

When you join Lark DPP, Lark will help you set weight loss and nutrition goals. Then, it is time to make a change! The idea is to establish healthy habits that can last for a long time, and that can be easiest with one change at a time. What might you start with? It could be any of these or something else.

  • Packing a lunch instead of going out to lunch
  • Choosing plain oatmeal with fruit instead of sugar-sweetened, flavored rice cereal
  • Walking for five minutes after you park the car in a parking lot before going inside the store, office, post office, or other building
  • Ordering a small instead of large coffee beverage if it is flavored and sugar-sweetened
  • Removing skin from poultry instead of eating it

Starting with a simple change lets you incorporate it into your routine and get used to it. Then you can add another, and soon, another. Sooner or later, the changes will add up in the form of weight loss, increased energy, lower cholesterol or blood sugar levels, or other healthy results.

5. Check your progress

Now that you are on a roll, you can watch your progress. As you weigh yourself and log your meals and physical activity, Lark can pick up on your patterns, and offer insights on your progress. There may be times when you need to readjust, try something new, or keep up with more of the same, and Lark can help you with that!

Almost anyone can lower blood sugar or even reverse prediabetes, but it is a lot easier when you have a personal lifestyle coach like Lark in your pocket. Your Lark coach is available 24/7 through your smartphone to offer practical advice and encouragement, and to provide instant feedback when you log meals, exercise, and weight. Lowering blood sugar can feel natural as you earn celebratory badges for good choices and develop healthy habits.

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Lark Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help you lose weight and make other healthy lifestyle choices by taking it one small step at a time. Lark uses established behavior change strategies to help you turn small changes into long-term habits for success. The program is based on a proven program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is backed by experts in nutrition, weight loss, exercise, sleep, and stress management

Millions of Americans have health insurance that covers Lark’s Diabetes Prevention Program for eligible members, and you may be one of them! Click or tap here to find out whether you qualify. You may even get a smart scale and Fitbit at no cost to you as you get started on one of the most exciting and important adventures of your life!