Thursday, July 14, 2016

Prediabetes Awareness Campaign Sparks Pushback

It is no wonder that people have become more aware of the dangers of diabetes, yet, diabetes continues to rise. Some experts believe that prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than what they should be, but not high enough to be considered diabetes, should be left undiagnosed. This is disconcerting news for anyone, let alone those that do everything they can to maintain good health. These experts who are recommending that prediabetes go undiagnosed -- at least for the time being -- are opposing what a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative recommends which believes that people should get screened for the condition.

Currently more than 1 in 3 adults in the United States has prediabetes and they don't even know it! According to the CDC, if people are not tested and have no intervention to prevent this disease, 15 to 30% of those patients will eventually become Type 2 diabetic within 5 years. 

Of course some of the downsides of having pre-screenings is that people will be given more tests and more appointments and this means that there will be more patients as well. But, is the initiative going overboard or is it simply there to guide people to live healthier lives by eating better, in portion-controlled sizes and leading a more active lifestyle.

According to this article, here are a few warnings for diabetes to watch out for:
  • More than 1 out of 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes. Some 90% of those don't know they have it.
  • Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30% of people with pre diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
  • People with prediabetes can cut their risk of getting diabetes by losing weight, eating more healthy foods and being more active. 
Internationally, the World Health Organization (WHO) dissuades the use of the term "prediabetes" in order to avoid the 'disgrace' that comes with being associated with the word diabetes and emphasizes "that many people don't progress to diabetes as the term itself implies." 

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