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Don’t Let Prediabetes Turn Into a Health Crisis

Don’t Let Prediabetes Turn Into a Health Crisis

 Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck were a pretty scary duo in Double Indemnity, but the carnage those conniving killers dished out is child’s play compared the double dose of diabetes, currently playing across North America.

Today over 25 million Americans are living with diabetes; 79 million more have prediabetes. Thirty percent of them will develop type 2 diabetes within five years—and that will double the number of people with full-blown type 2 by around 2020.

The potential health crisis is huge: Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and amputations. People with diabetes are two to four times as likely to die from stroke and heart failure as adults without diabetes. And it costs our healthcare system over $245 billion annually. But type 2 diabetes is almost entirely preventable!

Where do you start? By reversing prediabetes.

Prediabetes means your glucose levels are somewhat higher than normal and that raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and kidney, nerve, and eye damage. The smart double bill: Adjust your diet to maintain near normal glucose levels; start an activity plan to reach your goal of walking 10,000 steps a day; reduce stress with meditation; and get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. Also: Take your oral diabetes meds, if prescribed, and have your A1c tested at least twice a year.

Here’s one time you get a do-over! Take advantage and reverse your prediabetes. In place of double trouble, you’ll have double the health and double the fun!

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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