How Can You Reduce Your Risk Of Diabetes?

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Change Your Ways, Reduce Your Risk: 7 Tips For Preventing Diabetes

Piggybacking the obesity epidemic, diabetes rates continue to surge. On June 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and alarming statistics on diabetes. An estimated 29 million Americans have the disease, a nearly 12 percent increase from the 26 million diabetics in 2010. One-fourth of people don’t know they have diabetes—a scary fact, given the complications of chronically high blood sugar: heart attack, stroke, sight-robbing eye disease, kidney failure, foot amputation. Worse, another 86 million adults have prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar just below the threshold for diabetes. The vast majority of cases are type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by insulin resistance, meaning cells fail to respond to insulin. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. The good news is type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. A seminal 2006 study demonstrated that intensive lifestyle modification reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent, as compared to a 31 percent risk reduction achieved with the antidiabetes drug metformin. 7 tips to help reduce your risk: Lose excess body fat. Being overweight is a big risk Continue reading >>

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  1. stubird33

    Metformin and Surgery

    My Doctor has told me to stop taking my Metformin 24 hours before my elbow surgery and resume 48 hours after the surgery...anyone know why? and what is going to happen to my sugar levels during those 48 hours after?

  2. gap2368

    I have no idea but you could ask your dr why he wants you to stop the met I know met take a few weeks to start to work so you may not see any effect for stoping it for just a few days

  3. jwags

    It has something to do with any tests you might have using a contrast dye. I can't remember exactly what the complication is but there is a dangerous interaction.

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