How long does it take to reverse prediabetes?

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Have you been told you have prediabetes and are looking for an action plan to reverse it? It is important to note that no matter what you do to reverse your prediabetes diagnosis, it will not happen overnight.

But, just how long will it take? The answer may not be cut and dry. Continue reading if you want to learn more about how long it will take to reverse prediabetes.

What is A1C?

Hemoglobin A1C, or A1C for short, is a blood test that measures the average glucose level over the previous 3 months.

Diabetes diagnosis from A1C level

A1C levels are a diagnostic tool for diabetes and are a measure of how well your diabetes is controlled.

  • Normal: Less than 5.7
  • Prediabetes: 5.7 to 6.4
  • Diabetes: 6.5 and above

How to lower A1C?

The reality is that through diet and exercise (and medications) you have the power to lower your A1C to normal levels. 

A 2017 research article states that generally speaking, the sources of foods are just as important or even more important than the quantities of each food consumed.

What does this mean? This means that choosing whole, minimally processed, plant-based foods will always be a better choice than highly processed animal derived foods when it comes to improving health. Calculating a certain percentage of each macronutrient does not make as much of a difference for glucose control than just choosing smarter food choices overall.

How long does it take to reverse prediabetes?

When too much sugar floats around in the bloodstream, glucose (sugar) coats onto the red blood cells. Red blood cells live for an average of about 3 months. The A1C is calculated from these sugar coated red blood cells.

Therefore, it is physically impossible to lower A1C levels overnight. Generally, people are able to see a change in their A1C level from lifestyle changes after about a 3 month period. These levels can drop dramatically in some people, while others drop but at a slower rate.

Prediabetes diagnosis

If you have been told that you have prediabetes, it is important that you begin to implement lifestyle changes immediately. Or, follow the prescription of medications if your doctor has prescribed them.

The good news is that prediabetes (and diabetes) can be reversed. If action is not taken, the A1C level will likely continue to rise, leading to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

In conclusion…

There is no exact timeframe that can be placed on the reversal of prediabetes. However, it is imperative that change in diet and exercise routines change immediately in order to avoid to progression of the disease.

To learn more about how you can lower your A1C levels and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, be sure to check out my nutrition coaching

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