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Dr Goh Su-Yen, Head and Senior Consultant from the Department of Endocrinology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, shares tips on how to reverse prediabetes. 

Tips to reverse prediabetes

  1. Trying to reverse prediabetes does not require drastic weight loss. Losing just 5-10 per cent of one’s body weight and maintaining a BMI within the healthy range (less than 23 kg/m2) can significantly reduce the risk of it progressing to diabetes.

    One in three people with borderline diabetes are able to reverse the condition. Another third avoid developing diabetes by remaining prediabetic. With these lifestyle changes, only a third of prediabetics go on to develop diabetes.

  2. The key is to start slow and set achievable targets. Half an hour of exercise a day, five days a week, and making healthier meal choices can be beneficial.

  3. Having the support of family and friends can also make sticking to these changes easier. Care and support are also available, if needed, at primary health care and specialist centres.

For those needing greater support, there are specialist centres offering comprehensive lifestyle modification programmes targeting the reversal of prediabetes, said Dr Goh.

Learn about the symptoms of prediabetes and why Asians are more susceptible to it