Monday, November 10, 2014
Take the Test - Know the Risk
November is American Diabetes Month. It is estimated that 1 in every 3 American adults has pre-diabetes. Most of these people do not know they have it. Pre-diabetes is a high blood sugar level; higher than normal; but not enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
Pre-diabetes can be a serious health condition that can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by almost 60%. Losing 5 - 7% of your body weight and getting at least 2-3 hours of physical activity per week is important.
Find your risk for pre-diabetes by taking this test provided by the CDC.
If your score is 3 - 8 points your risk is lower for pre-diabetes. Keep your risk low by keeping your weight in check and staying active. If you are overweight, make and effort to lose some. Try to include physical activity in your daily routine. Don't use tobacco. Include low fat meals with fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods.
If your score is 9 or more points you are at risk for having pre-diabetes now. It is advised to contact your physician soon.
There are several blood tests that can be performed. Talk to your physician regarding these tests which can be performed at the MMHD lab.