Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not as high as seen in full-blown diabetes. Study finds that treating prediabetes aggressively with lifestyle changes and medications may prevent its progression to diabetes..
Researchers says people with prediabetes who had their blood sugar returned to normal were 56 percent less likely to develop full diabetes in the five years after treatment.The biggest risk for people with prediabetes is that about 70 %of them will develop type 2 diabetes over their lifetime.Studies shows that about 11 % of these people go on to develop full diabetes each year.
The researchers found that patients who were able to return to normal blood sugar levels, even for a short period.It could prevent or slow progression to full type 2 diabetes. It didn’t matter how people got back to normal, whether with diet and exercise or with metformin or placebo, As long as they went back to normal they had the benefit.
Findings confirmed, an ability to regress to normal glucose regulation. It can help identify people at lower risk of developing diabetes, while those people who do not regress despite conventional therapies might need to be treated more aggressively to prevent diabetes.
Study supports the idea that early and aggressive glucose-lowering not only prevents complications, but also may preserve insulin function. Medicare and private insurance typically provide coverage for blood sugar testing and for medications.