What you don’t know can hurt you.
79 million Americans – that’s one on three adults over 20 – are pre-diabetic.
89 per cent of them don’t know it.
If nothing’s done, those millions will become full-blown diabetics.
The American Diabetes Association recommends screening all adults with risk factors:
Everyone 45 and older;
A family history of diabetes;
History of gestational diabetes, or having a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
Not being physically active is also a risk factor. This means anyone who exercises fewer than three times a week.
Also at increased risk:
And Pacific Islanders.
You don’t want to get diabetes or suffer its serious consequences, like
heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, or lower extremity amputations.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Nearly 26 million Americans already have diabetes.
Lifestyle changes can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
So lose weight, cut calories, and exercise. Do it now.
Even small steps are the right move. But you must find out where you stand.
Talk to your doctor about testing.