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Yes, you certainly should! Did you doctor give you any specific carb goals for daily eating?
I've been trying to stay around 100-125 G/day and have found that it makes a major difference for me. Most of my carbs come from whole grains, legumes, vegetables and very minimal fruit. I have been pre-diabetic for about 20 years, but since I have been keeping my carbs low, I have stayed below the pre-diabetic range in fasting glucose and A1C.
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I was diagnosed as Type II diabetes 6 years ago when I was on the bordeline between "prediabetes" and "diabetes." Giving me that "diabetes" label was the best thing that ever happened to me. It got me serious about stopping the progression of the disease and I am now healthier and more fit that I have been my entire adult life.
1. I lowered my carb intake significantly. (At first, I went definitely "low carb" then increased my carbs a little so that I am now slightly low carb to moderate carb.) 2. I began exercising regularly 3. I started checking my blood glucose twice per day and saw for myself how carbohydrates and exercise influenced my blood glucose 4. Those things above helped me to lose 25% of my body weight -- just over 50 pounds 5. Since that diagnosis 6 years ago, all of my labwork has been improved and my official diagnosis is now "insulin resistence." I have NEVER needed meds to control my glucose. My cholesterol levels are much better (though I still take meds for that.). I have been able to significantly reduce my medications for high blood pressure. I am thinner, stronger, healthier, and generally more fit than I have ever been.
Definitely take it seriously and start acting (eating and exercising) as if you actually have diabetes -- because you actually do have it. You are just in the early stages of the disease process.
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You can definitely fix this. Count your carbs, stick to veggies moreso than fruits. Up your activity level. That does wonders. Even losing 10-15lbs drastically helps your sugar levels.
If you have just been diagnosed "pre" diabetic, you want to take it seriously and start studying everything you can about it. I wish I had - I am now diabetic and trying like crazy to reverse it. Some people count carbs . . . you want to try not to have more than around 45 carbs per meal. But there's so much more to it than that. You need to go easy on many fruits because of the high sugar content. Always have some protein with your meals and snacks.
This site has lots of information - read all the articles you can on diabetes, you'll learn lots!
Best of luck to you!
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