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Take Charge of Your Prediabetes With Great Results

Take Charge of Your Prediabetes With Great Results

In 2013, Tom Hanks admitted to David Letterman—and the world—that his doctor told him the moderately elevated glucose levels—or prediabetes—he’d had for the past 19 years, “had graduated” to full-blown type 2 diabetes.

All we could think was, “Nineteen years!?!” For 19 years he and his doctor had the opportunity to work together to prevent type 2 diabetes… but it never happened. And now we know that’s an astoundingly frequent occurrence. A new study out of the University of Gainesville says more than three quarters of the 86 million North Americans who have prediabetes get NO relevant drugs, or advice, from their docs.

Why does this matter? Because prediabetes increases your overall cancer risk 15 percent, cardiovascular problems by as much as 20 percent, and doubles your risk of kidney dysfunction and nerve problems. Plus, eventually 70 percent of prediabetics develop type 2 diabetes.

But just a little intervention can protect or restore your health. The key is to prevent and/or reverse insulin resistance: Getting regular exercise that increases aerobic endurance and builds muscle and a balanced diet works. One study found walking 30 minutes five days a week and dropping 15 pounds in a year can slash your risk of developing full-blown diabetes by 58 percent (by 71 percent for folks 60+) over the next three years!

So get your glucose levels tested and, if elevated, work with your doc to break insulin resistance. We recommend a daily regimen of 10,000 steps, 5-9 servings of veggies and medication if necessary.

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