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Can I reverse prediabetes?

Finding out that you have prediabetes, also known as borderline diabetes, or diabetes can be jarring, but it can also be a stroke of luck. That is because if you use it as a wake-up call to make a few changes in your regular health behaviors, it is possible to lower blood sugar. You may even be able to reverse prediabetes and get your blood sugar levels back to normal!

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What Is Prediabetes Reversal?


Prediabetes reversal is getting blood sugar levels back to normal after being diagnosed with prediabetes. In prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal due to insulin resistance. A healthcare professional may diagnose prediabetes after you get a blood test in a clinic or lab. Prediabetes reversal can mean achieving normal fasting blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels, 

A doctor may order one or more of the following three blood tests to assess blood sugar.

  • Fasting blood glucose: blood glucose levels after an overnight fast
  • Oral glucose tolerance test: blood glucose levels 1 to 3 hours after drinking a standardized sugar solution
  • A1C or glycated hemoglobin: percent of hemoglobin in your blood that has glucose attached to it

These are the values that the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides. They can indicate normal blood sugar or prediabetes reversal, prediabetes, and diabetes.

   
Blood Sugar Levels in Prediabetes and Diabetes
Normal or After Prediabetes Reversal Prediabetes Diabetes
Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG)
Under 100 mg/dl
100 to 125 mg/dl
Over 125 mg/dl
Glycated Hemoglobin (A1C)
Under 5.7%
5.7 to 6.4%
Over 6.4%
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
Under 140 mg/dl
140 to 199 mg/dl
Over 199 mg/dl

Is Prediabetes Reversal Possible?


Prediabetes reversal is possible in many cases! You may have heard that prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are chronic conditions, and that they result from a progressive condition called insulin resistance. That is true, but it is not the whole story.

A more complete version of the story agrees that insulin resistance is progressive, but adds that your health behaviors can affect its course. The everyday choices you make can:

  • Speed up insulin resistance and raise the risk for developing type 2 diabetes (uh-oh!).
  • Slow down or stop insulin resistance (hmm…).
  • Reverse insulin resistance and lead to prediabetes reversal (hooray!).

Most cases of prediabetes are related to lifestyle choices, and prediabetes reversal is possible for many people.

Can I Reverse Prediabetes at Home?


The crazy thing is…yes! Prediabetes reversal is not a question of undergoing intensive medical therapies. It does not usually involve taking prescription medications, as research published in Diabetes Care reported that fewer than 1% of patients with prediabetes took metformin. 

What is the secret to reversing prediabetes? Prediabetes reversal happens with lifestyle changes meaning, the everyday choices that you make can affect blood sugar and insulin resistance directly, indirectly, or both. 

Prediabetes reversal can happen at home, and it can happen while you get 24/7 support through your phone. Lark DPP is a personalized coaching program that is based on the latest research to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. You can interact with Lark from the privacy of your own home or from work, the park, or anywhere else you might be. 

While working to reverse prediabetes at home, you can count on Lark DPP to:

  • Be ready to talk anytime.
  • Deliver tips on healthy living, such as grocery store shopping, staying active on the road, and prepping healthy meals on a budget.
  • Keep track of your nutrition, weight, physical activity, and sleep as long as you enter them.
  • Remind you about healthy choices to consider.
  • Give instant feedback, such as when you make a great food choice or what could be healthier next time.
  • Tell you personalized insights on how your choices might affect your health.

With Lark DPP, you are never alone when you reverse prediabetes at home!

How Do I Reverse Prediabetes?


Lifestyle changes can often reverse prediabetes or slow its progression to type 2 diabetes, but specifically what reverses prediabetes? Diet and exercise are the big ones. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed the  Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to focus on losing weight and increasing physical activity because making those two changes can lower diabetes risk by over 50%.

Lark DPP includes coaching on weight loss and physical activity, as well as on other aspects that affect blood sugar.

All of the following can reduce insulin resistance and potential contribute to a plan to reverse prediabetes.

Each little choice can affect health, and together, the choices can affect the course of insulin resistance – or of prediabetes reversal.

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.

Free Health Kit to Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

Weight 160lbs
Height 64
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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 free smart scale and Fitbit as you get started on one of the most exciting and important adventures of your life!

Written by Natalie Stein on May 4, 2021
Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Expert | Lark Health
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