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Diabetes is a serious condition affecting more than 25 million people in the United States today. But almost all people who develop type 2 diabetes will have pre-diabetes first. It is estimated that 1 in 3 American adults over the age of 20, and 50 percent of adults over the age of 65 have pre-diabetes. The good news is that pre-diabetes does not necessarily mean you will develop type 2 diabetes. In fact with diet and exercise, you can cut your risk of developing diabetes in half!
What is pre-diabetes?
Pre-diabetes is when you have raised blood glucose levels, but they are not high enough to be considered diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with pre-diabetes are at a 50 percent increased risk for heart disease or stroke and research has shown that some long-term damage to the heart and circulatory system may have already begun.
Most people with pre-diabetes do not experience any symptoms. Doctors can screen for diabetes and pre-diabetes by testing glucose levels in your blood. If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, your doctor may recommend you take medications to delay the development of diabetes, but the most effective treatment is to lose at least 7 percent of your body weight and to start exercising 30 minutes a day on at least five days a week.
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