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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I found out I have pre-diabetes.  I’m very confused and don’t know what I should do to treat it.  My friend told me to avoid all fruits.  Could you help me with how to treat my new diagnosis and if it’s ok to eat fruit?

Answer:  Pre-diabetes is when blood sugar levels are elevated, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.  Individuals diagnosed with pre-diabetes are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the future if  lifestyle modifications are not made.  These changes usually include dietary changes to consume consistent amount of carbohydrates, reduce the amount of fat and calories, increase physical  activity and weight loss (if overweight).

Before you become too confused or stressed  with how to treat this new diagnosis,  speak with your healthcare provider to determine which treatment method would be best for you.

In terms of avoiding fruit, this is NOT necessary!!!!!  Fruit is an important component of a well balanced diet as they are a rich source of many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.  However, fruits are considered a carbohydrate source which means they will raise your blood sugar. You will want to watch your portion size and plan accordingly.  Try to choose whole fruits instead of canned or fruit juices to maximize the health benefits.

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