How to Use SparkPeople When You Have Prediabetes

Welcome to SparkPeople, America's most active weight-loss and healthy living website! This article will introduce you to all of the SparkPeople features that can help adults take control of prediabetes. Studies have shown that by making healthy changes to your diet and increasing physical activity, you can increase your chances of delaying or preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes. We offer a variety of free tools, trackers, articles and support options that can help you achieve success in the lifestyle management program that your doctor, health care provider and/or Certified Diabetes Educator has outlined for you.

SparkPeople can help you with the diet, exercise and weight-loss components of your treatment plan, but please note that our website is no substitute for regular medical care. While certified diabetes educators helped develop these articles and tools, you should follow the treatment guidelines given to you by your doctor and/or certified diabetes educator should you encounter any contradictions to your treatment plan.


About Prediabetes


Before developing the serious health condition of Type 2 diabetes, a person will almost always have prediabetes. People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but the levels are not quite high enough to yield a diagnosis of diabetes. While prediabetes itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, many people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Early diagnosis and treatment of prediabetes can delay or prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes and its serious health consequences.

In our Type 2 Diabetes Condition Center (found under the "Learn" then "Health & Wellness" tabs at the top of the site), you'll find dozens of healthy lifestyle articles we created specifically for people with Type 2 diabetes and borderline or prediabetes, including:


What SparkPeople Offers People With Prediabetes

 
  • A Safe Weight-Loss Plan. Studies have shown that losing weight is key to delaying or preventing Type 2 diabetes. In fact, it is likely the most important thing you can do. SparkPeople's meal plans and nutrition trackers, combined with our vast resources and support teams, have helped thousands of people lose weight slowly, safely and permanently. To learn more about our weight-loss program and recommendations, click here. And remember that even a modest weight loss of seven to 10 percent of your body weight has been shown to have positive results.
     
  • Exercise Plans and Workout Information. Physical activity (and its accompanying weight loss) will lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and boost your health in other ways. SparkPeople offers hundreds of workouts, exercise articles, free fitness videos and a Fitness Tracker to help you start and sustain a sound exercise program—for life. To get started, check out these exercise basics or begin a walking program with our Walking Guide.
     
  • Free Meal Plans. Cut excess calories, sugar, saturated fat and trans fats from your diet, and you will cut your risk of developing diabetes. Improve your health by including more healthy fats, fiber, whole grains, fruits and veggies using the Nutrition Center or free meal plans as a guide. Our meal plans were created by registered dietitians and meet the dietary guidelines for Americans. We also provide a calorie range based on your current weight and goal weight (to help you lose weight safely). You can access your meal plans by visiting your Nutrition Tracker  (found under the "My Trackers" tab at the top of the site).
     
  • Community Support. Positive support and encouragement is the foundation of SparkPeople, and our community provides ample opportunities for you to connect with experts, peers, people with prediabetes and others like you who are trying to lose weight and get healthier. We even have Teams to support people who want to quit smoking (smokers are 50 to 90 percent more likely to develop diabetes than non-smokers) and just about any hobby, interest or medical condition imaginable.


More Healthy Lifestyle Tips


Taking control of your health will require some education and commitment, but SparkPeople is here to help you along the way. Our articles, tips and support resources will help you establish a healthy lifestyle, lose weight and keep diabetes at bay. You can learn more about healthy cooking, fitness, general nutrition and motivation by visiting the "Learn" page.

For more specific information or help, talk to your health care provider. The American Diabetes Association's National Call Center also offers live advice from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at 1-800-DIABETES or 1-800-342-2383.
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Some info isn't up to date. Results were inconclusive about the need for protein at each snack or meal. Yes it is best spaced out during the day as are the other nutrients to keep blood sugar levels even & to manage hunger too. I like planning my snacks in advance so I can stay within my calorie limit. An apple w/ 1 T of PB or a hard cooked egg & baby carrots are favorite fallbacks; also Secure protein in water @ approx 70 cals per svg & a couple pretzels or cucumber stix & hummus. Nondairy yogurt is my go-to before retiring to bed. Report
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This is so interesting as I was diagnose as well. My daughter and my sister to include others around me are diabetics so I decided to fight it with all of my being. I was already exercising and dieting as well as following my doctor's orders. That was five years ago so I am still monitoring and have the five years to keep it steady. Thank you, SparkFriend for this info as this is being proactive instead of reactive. Report
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About The Author

Amy L. Poetker
Amy L. Poetker
Amy Poetker is a licensed and registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a master's degree in dietetics. Amy, who has spent most of her career working in diabetes education, is dedicated to the treatment of that disease and the prevention of related complications. See all of Amy's articles.