What Do I Eat for Prediabetes?

My doctor looked through my file and told me that the lab work I have had over the last few years has put me one point away from a diagnosis of diabetes. For more than 30 years, I have been thinking I had hypoglycemia. I haven't been able to go more than a few hours without eating for most of my adult life.

I don't know how to eat. Now that I know my blood sugar is high, I think I probably need to makeover my overall diet. I don't need recipes, just ideas of what foods are good, especially for grabbing in between meals.


You are very attentive to your health changes, and a good first step is a complete review of your symptoms with your doctor, to try to piece together what specific illnesses are connected to your symptoms.

The best diet for prediabetes (and also for weight control) is one that is rich is fruits and vegetables, whole grains (fiber rich starches), lean protein, and plenty of water. You'll want to limit sugar/fat treat foods, that add extra calories, and cause your blood sugar to yo-yo. It's also important to schedule regular meals and snacks in moderate portions.

After you visit your doctor, who can establish whether you have prediabetes or diabetes, you can ask for a referral to a registered dietician or nutritionist for help with an eating plan that meets your needs. Plus, visit your local bookstore for a volume published by the American Diabetes Association for some specific information on eating with diabetes.