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Cdc: Millions Of Americans Unknowingly Have Prediabetes

CHICAGO (CBS) — Tens of millions of Americans unknowingly have prediabetes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says more than 100 million adults in the United States are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, which is a version of the disease that can develop into type 2 diabetes if left alone. Nearly 90 percent of those with the condition are unaware of it, according to the CDC. “The numbers go up each year,” said Dr. Brain Layden, chief of endocrinology at University of Illinois at Chicago. “It’s probably the biggest crisis in our country right now.” However, Dr. Layden says a simple blood draw can help slow the trend, along with proper diet and exercise. Such habits are instilled at Camp PowerUp, a local week-long camp for youth who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program reinforces healthy eating and living in an effort to stop diabetes from impacting another generation. “I’ve been starting to eat healthier ever since I’ve started taking those classes,” said Mykayla Mays, a 10-year-old attending Camp PowerUp. The American Diabetes Association is hoping programs such as this can help future Continue reading >>

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  1. Kimg

    Hi Everyone!
    I feel a little guilty being on here because I am not diabetic...but I went to the Dr. a couple of days ago and while going over my old charts she said...and you are prediabetic. I said what do you mean? I had actually went to her to be tested because my mom thought I had "symptoms". The Dr. said well you are not diabetic, and I do not want to alert the insurance...your sugar is fine, your just prediabetic. So we did all the routine yearly check up blood work. Today the nurse called me back, gave me my results...and said my hemoglobin A1C is 6.1 and again....I have pre-diabetes. she said my blood sugar is fine, but I need to cut back on my carbs. I am just wondering what exactly this means, and if that is all I need to do. I am 40, 5.8, 165 pounds. Thanks for reading my post!

  2. MCS

    Doc was telling you to cut back on things like; White foods, rice, pasta, potatoes, and refined flours, sugar, HFCS. These types of food give way to a rapid rise in your BG levels. Think of yourself as fortunate that you were enlightened of your condition before, well the poooop hit the fan.

  3. Kimg

    Thank you for replying MCM! I am glad I found out early. I guess I'm just not sure what A1C is, and means....if my sugar is fine, why does this make me prediabetic. If I control my carbs, are my chances of becoming diabetic fairly low?

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