Diabetes Alert Day
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According to the American Diabetes Association, 18.2 million people in America have diabetes. But 5.2 million of them have yet to be diagnosed because diabetes is a silent disease. Could you be one of them? Diabetes Alert Day is a call to action you can't afford to ignore. Brunilda Nazario, MD, joined us on March 22 to answer your questions.
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In order to prevent the complications, you should be screened for diabetes. You have a strong family history of the disease and you should look at other risk factors including your physical activity level, whether you're in a high-risk ethnic group, whether you are overweight or obese, etc. A screening test is something as simple as a fasting blood test done in the lab. If it's elevated, meaning more than 126, you have diabetes. If it's greater than 100, you have an impaired fasting glucose otherwise known as prediabetes, which puts you at a very high risk of developing diabetes.
There are steps you can take to prevent the transition from prediabetes to diabetes. Look at the risk factors that you have and which ones can be modified. In other words, if you are an inactive person, work out a schedule of regular exercise. That will help reduce your weight, improve your body's use of glucose and insulin, improve your heart risk factors, and reduce your risk of diabetes and ultimately the consequences of the disease.
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