Nutrition: Pre-diabetes

Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, Prediabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. If you have prediabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes — especially to your heart and circulatory system — may already be starting.

Risk factors include excess weight, inactivity and waste size.  Many clinical organisations recommend that blood glucose screening begin at age 45, or sooner if you have a body mass index above 25 and additional risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.   Sometimes the oral diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage) may be recommended by your GP if you're in a high risk category. This includes people whose body mass index is over 35, people who are younger than 60 years and women with a history of gestational diabetes.

There seems to be a tendency for RD patients to gain weight and become pre-diabetic. Because you are in pain there is a tendency not to exercise or move much. It is much better to do gentle slow exercise than none at all. Walking is great, swimming and Tai Chi all help.


It is possible to treat yourself (after consulting with your GP) by changing your life style.  Here’s the trick…………

Lift your physical activity levels and introduce a daily regime.  Start off by walking around your street once a day.  Try to double the distance every week until you are walking two miles or three kilometers each day or at least every second day.  You will feel so much better.

Diet change can make a world of difference.  If you can discipline yourself the easiest way to "cure" pre-diabetes (assuming no family history) is to go on a raw vegan diet for three weeks. If you do this, just for three weeks, you could loose a kilo a week.  After three weeks you may well be out of the 'pre' stage but it will take discipline. For three weeks eat ONLY raw vegetables and fruit. Nothing cooked is consumed so things like rice, tea, coffee, cooked food of any type are off the menu. Consume heaps of berries, greens, seeds, nuts and fruit by way of salads and smoothies. It will work wonderfully!  There are plenty of recipes to help and three weeks is not a long time.  To get started try this recipe for breakfast, all done in a food blender:   

  • One and half cups of cold almond or soy or rice milk
  • One cup of fresh or frozen blue berries
  • Teaspoon of chia seeds
  • A kale leaf removing the spine first
  • Tablespoon of salt free nuts
  • One chopped date with seed removed
  • Tablespoon of honey

Blend till it is smooth; pour in to a large cup and drink.  It is nutritious and filling!  Look at some of our videos dealing with diet and nutrition.