Have you been told you are ‘pre-diabetic’ by your doctor? Have they advised you to lose weight, exercise more often, and even proposed some new ideas for food? So, are you prepared yet to change your entire lifestyle to halt what might be, or might not be your fate? This is how thousandsof Nigerians feel every day when they meet with their doctor and are given this news. So how do you deal with it? Food is used as a comfort item, a social item, and in some cases a bribery tactic for parents. We are programmed at a young age that if we are good we get those sugary snacks. No wonder now that we are adults we are staring down the barrel of a gun loaded with pre-disposed diabetes as the bullets. What do we do now? Break the Cycle: Stop rewarding your children with sweets when they have done a good job, earned a good grade, or drew you even the most adorable picture you have ever seen. Children being exposed to sugary sweets as rewards will be at risk at a greater rate to be diabetic than you are right now. Eat the Colors of the Rainbow: Kale, spinach, broccoli, arugula, celery and cucumbers are the best greens that you can eat while fighting the fight called diabetes. All of these leafy greens contribute to your healthy blood glucose levels. Several of these are packed with magnesium which will in turn flush those high sugar numbers from your system, fast. Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and strawberries are all awesome fruits that pack vitamins and in fact have been proven to not only lower blood sugar, but overall body weight as well. Enjoy your Apple Cider Vinegar: Putting the taste to the back of your mind, and choking down a spoonful of apple cider vinegar each and every day has actually proven to lower sugar readings. There is apparently an acid that breaks down the enzymes in the stomach which will in turn lower those readings. It is highly recommended to put the apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and then drink it, simply to make the taste more acceptable. Cinnamon: Any doctor will recommend one dietary change to a T1, T2, or even a pre-diabetic and that is implementing cinnamon into your diet on a daily basis. There is a little life-saver in cinnamon called chromium and it is proven to have the ability to lower blood sugar readings. No matter what you change, how you change, or the plan you decide on for your lifestyle realize that diabetes is not a disease that you can handle and conquer alone. Reach out to friends and family to talk about it. Diabetes is just as mentally stressful as it is physically stressful. Join support groups online and discuss ideas with one another. It is crucial to have a support group, regardless of the level of diabetes you have been diagnosed with.