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One-third of adults with diabetes don't know they have it, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Even though the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in the United States has risen to 6.5 percent of adults age 20 and older, the percentage of adults with undiagnosed pre-diabetes or diabetes hasn't changed.
The NIH says that you are at greater risk of developing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
So, if you're age 45 or older, ask your healthcare provider about testing for diabetes or pre-diabetes. If you're younger than 45 and overweight, and have another risk factor, you should also ask about testing.
If you have pre-diabetes you can often prevent or delay diabetes if you lose a modest amount of weight by cutting calories or increasing physical activity.
If you're overweight and lose just 5-7 percent of your body weight, you can lower diabetes onset by 58 percent. That's why early detection is so important.
Have a great week,
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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