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Houlton Regional Hospital – Healthcare for Northern Maine

  Pre- Diabetes: Could It Be You

October 21st, 2016

 Pre-Diabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal; but not high enough yet  to be diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes.

 

The Center for Disease Control ( CDC, 2014) estimates 86 million  American Adults have Pre- Diabetes . One out of three adults have Pre- Diabetes and nine out of ten do not know they have it. Pre-Diabetes can occur at any age and if left untreated, 15-30% of people with Pre- Diabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes  within 5 years.

 

Pre-Diabetes increases a person’s risk of : Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease , and Stroke.

 

There are things that can be done to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. Research studies have shown that early management  with continued care prevents or delays Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that with just 30 minutes of daily activity  and slight weight loss the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes decreases by 58%. There are other things folks can do to decrease their risk of Type 2 Diabetes as well.

 

If you have Pre- Diabetes losing weight by: eating healthy and being more active can cut your risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes in HALF.

 

Learn more from the CDC and take the Pre- Diabetes Risk Quiz at

http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.

 

Having Pre- Diabetes, is your early warning sign. Take action now and avoid the problems that diabetes and heart disease could bring. Small steps can make a BIG difference in your health.

 

If you are at high risk for Pre- Diabetes, talk to your doctor about getting your blood tested.