Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Are You Prediabetic?


I was sitting in a VA hospital today with my father-in-law for his annual bone scan and this subject was the headline on a VA publication.

I touched on this once before HERE. But I think just before the new year is a good time to go into a little more detail.

Prediabetes is when your fasting blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Currently, more than 1 in 3 Americans are prediabetic( that's 86,000,000 people) and  90% of adults who have prediabetes don't even know they have it. Up to 30% will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years!

In case you don't know a lot about diabetes, here are a few of the complications for which diabetes puts you at higher risk :
  • Blindness
  • Kidney Failure
  • Heard Disease
  • Stroke
  • Loss of toes, feet or legs
Here are the main risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes: 
  1. Being overweight
  2. Being physically active fewer than 3 times each week
  3. Family history
The good news is you can reduce your risk with 2 simple steps:

  1. 150 minutes of physical activity per week.  30 minutes a day. 5 days a week. About the time it takes you to watch a movie.
  2. A 7% weight loss. If you weigh 250 pounds, that's 18 pounds. 
Just these two steps can reduce you risk of Type 2 diabetes by 58%.

Take the Prediabetes Risk Quiz at CDC Prediabetes Quiz

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