Navigation Links
Millions on Verge of Diabetes Don't Know It: CDC
Date:3/21/2013

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Only 11 percent of the estimated 79 million Americans who are at risk for diabetes know they are at risk, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The condition, known as prediabetes, describes higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that put people in danger of developing diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We have a huge issue with the small number of people who know they have it. It's up a bit from when we measured it last, but it's still abysmally low," said report author Ann Albright, director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation.

"We need people to understand their risk and take action if they are at risk for diabetes," Albright said. "We know how to prevent type 2 diabetes, or at least delay it, so there are things people can do, but the first step is knowing what your risk is -- to know if you have prediabetes."

Things that put people at risk for prediabetes include being overweight or obese, being physically inactive and not eating a healthy diet, Albright said. These people should see their doctor and have their blood sugar levels checked, she said.

There is also a genetic component, Albright said, which is why having a family history of diabetes is another risk factor. "Your genetics loads the gun, then your lifestyle pulls the trigger," she said.

According to the report, published in the March 22 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the lack of awareness of prediabetes was the same across the board, regardless of income, education, health insurance or access to health care.

One expert found the numbers troubling.

"People don't know about prediabetes, they don't exercise, they don't eat appropriate foods and we are going to have many more diabetics in the near future than we have now," said Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

The danger of prediabetes is that it can progress to full-blown diabetes, with all the complications that condition entails, including heart, kidney, circulation and vision problems.

Albright noted that 30 percent or more of those with prediabetes will develop diabetes over the course of a decade.

The number of Americans with diabetes is already staggering. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States -- 8.3 percent of the population -- have diabetes.

"The good news is we know there are things you can do to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes," Albright said. "You can prevent or delay diabetes if you lose 5 percent to 7 percent of your body weight and get 150 minutes of physical activity a week."

Another expert said it starts with what you eat.

Eating a healthy diet that limits sugars and carbohydrates is important, said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

Exercise and diet can reduce the risk of diabetes by about 58 percent, he said, and "giving the drug metformin can reduce the risk by 31 percent. Lifestyle changes, together with metformin, which the American Diabetes Association recommends for prediabetes, will be very effective."

More information

For more on diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association.

SOURCES: Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director, Division of Diabetes Translation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Joel Zonszein, M.D., director, Clinical Diabetes Center, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; Spyros Mezitis, M.D., endocrinologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; March 22, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. OHSU study: Misdiagnosis of MS is costing health system millions per year
2. Asthma Cases Continue to Rise in U.S., Affecting Millions
3. Millions of Americans Have Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure: CDC
4. Millions May Be Taking Vitamin D Unnecessarily, Analysis Suggests
5. Millions Prepare as Hurricane Sandy Starts Assault on East Coast
6. Millions Brace as Hurricane Sandy Slams the East Coast
7. Millions of patients still waiting for medical breakthroughs against neglected diseases
8. Millions of Nonsmokers Exposed to Smoke From Neighbors Apartments: Report
9. Author of the Uplifting Cancer Survival Guide, The C Card and Me, Gives Her Book Away to Millions
10. HIV-Like Virus Arose in Primates Millions of Years Ago, Scientists Say
11. Norah Guides Millions in 2013 with More Choices in Customized Astrology Reports
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Millions on Verge of Diabetes Don't Know It: CDC
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest A Cultivation of Christian ... Bible teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna Marie. He and his ... six grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow and Substance.” , “Love, the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... In 2016 ... now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in the Americas within ... with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an estimated 329,000. Yet, ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Virginia (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... public health services to their communities, 16 more public health departments have been ... week’s decisions bring another 4.5 million people into the expanding network of communities ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... ... The IoT (Internet of Things) is revolutionizing the way the world operates. ... individual consumers alike. Laboratories can maximize their profit margin by increasing throughput. ... to $11 trillion dollars by the year 2025. McKinsey expects the IoT to have ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... and businesses of the Norwalk and Vermillion areas, celebrates the newest charity ... is a nonprofit, community-based substance abuse prevention and peer recovery support organization ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... -- The Board of Directors of Nordic Nanovector ... including the complete 2016 Annual Accounts with notes. The report ... website in the section Investor Relations/Reports and presentations/Annual Reports. ... For further ... Financial Officer Cell: +47-91-51-95-76 Email: ir@nordicnanovector.com ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Replacement Procedure By Technique, Repair Procedure By Technique, By Region, By ... ... forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 13.35% during 2016-2021 ... rising aging population, growth in population with heart disease and rising ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017 As a result of diagnostic ... prevalence of allergic diseases, cutting edge developments in ... the ways in which pharmaceutical and biotech companies ... to be both a high quality meeting and ... groups, immunologists, research scholars and doctors. The event ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: