Diabetes Glossary

Browse or search for definitions from our comprehensive list of diabetes terms.


Prevention of Diabetes

Having pre-diabetes does not mean you will inevitably develop diabetes. People with pre-diabetes can prevent diabetes from developing by managing their blood glucose. Most importantly, you need to lose an average of 5 to 10% of your current weight and get more physical exercise, which helps the body to use insulin to convert food into energy. Your doctor and/or a nutritionist or fitness specialist can help you make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes and to improve your overall health and well-being.




Reviewed by Clara Schneider MS, RD, RN, CDE, LDN - 05/13


    Our glossary includes and builds on the definitions found in The Diabetes Dictionary (NIH Publication No. 07-3016, October 2006) published by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, which is available on their website and is not copyrighted. The Clearinghouse encourages users of this publication to duplicate and distribute as many copies as desired.

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