Pre-Diabetes: Can the Effects of Diabetes Be Prevented

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Facts about Diabetes:

  • Diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages....that's 8.3 percent of the U.S. population.
  • 79 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
  • Having a family history of diabetes and being overweight are risk factors

 

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have "prediabetes"-blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Research shows that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes. There are three different tests your doctor can use to measure glucose levels that will indicate if you have a normal metabolism or whether you have prediabetes or diabetes.

 

Can people with prediabetes prevent the development of diabetes?

Yes... that's the good news! Studies have found that if people make changes in their diet and get more exercise, they can actually turn back the clock and return their blood glucose levels to the normal range. There are some medications that can delay the development of diabetes, but research shows that diet and exercise work better.

 

Could someone have prediabetes and not know it?
Absolutely. People with prediabetes don't often have symptoms. In fact, millions of people have diabetes and don't know it because symptoms develop so gradually, people often don't recognize them. Some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of diabetes include unusual thirst, a frequent desire to urinate, blurred vision, or a feeling of being tired most of the time for no apparent reason.

 

Metro Health has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association for meeting standards demonstrating delivery of high quality care to patients with diabetes. We also have a strong diabetes education program with ongoing classes and seminars.

Upcoming Programs:

 

Metro Health Prediabetes Class

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Metro Health Southwest

2215 44th St. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

Call (616) 252-8339 to register. This is now a FREE class! The class covers nutrition, carb counting, exercise, blood sugar goals and the impact of exercise on diabetes prevention.

 

Control Your Diabetes with Exercise

Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Metro Health Conference Center - Metro Health Village

2225 Main St. SW, Suite 110, Wyoming, MI 49519

Call (616) 252-7117 to register, or visit LiveHealthyPrograms.com. Program is FREE.

 

Research shows that regular physical activity may prevent or delay diabetes and its complications. Join the experts from the Metro Health Sports Medicine team for exercise tips for all fitness levels.

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