So your doctor told you that you have prediabetes (also known as impaired glucose tolerance). Now what?
First the bad news: diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure, and the number one cause of adult onset blindness in the western world. Also, having to use insulin would disqualify you from driving a commercial truck.
Now, for the good news. You’re not alone. According to the International Diabetes Federation, 280 million people have impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes). And having prediabetes doesn’t immediately mean you will get diabetes. Diabetes is preventable by lifestyle changes.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by lifestyle changes.
In fact, even a relatively small change in weight can prevent diabetes.
So in an effort to help out any long haul drivers recently diagnosed with prediabetes, I reached out to a number of Licensed Dietitians to get their take on this question:
“What’s the ONE suggestion you’d give to someone who already has impaired glucose tolerance and wants to prevent diabetes, but spends most of their time on the road, with nothing but truck stop food available to them?”
I am very grateful for the useful, actionable suggestions I got from these 10 healthcare professionals.
There's some themes that emerge from the suggestions of these ten dietitians.
- Limit your consumption of sugary beverages
- If you're not sure if a drink has sugar, just look on the back at the "nutrition facts", and it will tell you how much sugar is in it.
- Water, Water, Water
- Stock up with healthy snacks and foods beforehand
- Vegetables are a great snack high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Most fruits are high in vitamins and minerals, BUT also high in sugar
- Do your best to avoid processed foods
- Get some movement into your day
- Walking is a great physical activity, no gym membership required.