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Beating Prediabetes

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The doctor’s office calls to share the results of your blood work, you have elevated blood sugar. Now you are diagnosed prediabetic. What does that mean? Does that mean that you will become diabetic? Is there anything that you can do to stop it?

One out of every three people have a higher than normal blood sugar level and are considered prediabetic. The challenges of prediabetes are that most people exhibit little or no diabetes symptoms and these individuals face a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The good news is; research shows that people with prediabetes can lower the risk for type 2 diabetes by more than 50 percent with simple lifestyle changes. Lowering body weight by 5-7 percent and exercising moderately 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can improve your health and decrease your risk. The result of this research has been so compelling, that Medicare is preparing for the implementation of the projected Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) diabetes prevention program in 2018, which will focus on a treatment plan for prediabetes to decrease progression to type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association has a simple seven question quiz available online at http://diabetes.org . The “Are You at Risk?” quiz can identify if you are at risk for diabetes. The results should be discussed with your primary care provider (PCP) in planning for future healthcare needs.

Remember, simple changes can improve your long term health and quality of life.


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