What You Should Know About Prediabetes

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July 15, 2015 by Sheila Egbert, SMC Director of Diabetes Education


One in three American adults has prediabetes. These 86 million persons are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Unfortunately, only 11% of individuals are aware that they have prediabetes.

The National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014 indicated that the incidence of diabetes increased by 13% in the past three years.  During the same time period, the incidence of prediabetes increased by 9%.

Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes. The prompt diagnosis of prediabetes and subsequent interventions very early in its development are needed to reduce ones risk for the development of diabetes and its associated complications.

How might we stop our chances of developing diabetes?   For those who are overweight, losing 7% of your body weight is an important first step. Weight loss, along with exercising 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58%. Studies showed that the reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults ages 60 or older.

March 24th was the American Diabetes Association’s Alert! Day. Did you and your loved ones take the Diabetes Risk Test? If not, you can access this by going to ADA’s home page at www.diabetes.org.  It is important to know your risk.  Please feel free to contact the Diabetes Educators at Springhill Medical Center if you have any questions at 251-460-5367.

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