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What about weight loss?

Benefits of losing weight

Losing five to 10 percent of your total body weight over a period of six to 12 months will reduce your insulin resistance and your chances of developing diabetes.

The best way to lose weight is through healthful eating and regular exercise.

Forget about diets

It is common to lose weight on a diet and then gain it back—plus more—once the diet has ended. Forget about the latest fad diet or any plan that does not include balanced nutrition from all food groups.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity, first edition, dia-ah-94403
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education
First Published: 04/02/2009
Last Reviewed: 01/28/2019