70 Million American’s Don’t Know They Are Pre-Diabetic

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(DGIwire) — Diabetes is currently one of the most prevalent diseases in the world.  The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), has stated that approximately one in three U.S. adults (an estimated 79 million people) have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose or hemoglobin A1c (A1c) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.  These people have a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Even more shocking and disturbing is the fact that 89% of those with pre-diabetes are not even aware they have the condition. In other words, there are 70 million Americans over the age of 20 at high risk for developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke and they don’t even know it.

According to the CDC, each year about 11% of people with pre-diabetes who do not take preventive action will progress to type 2 diabetes during the following 3 years.  “This is very sad because it is a well known fact that lifestyle programs that encourage dietary changes, moderate-intensity physical activity, and modest fat loss can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes in persons with pre-diabetes”, according to Tom Griesel, a health consultant and co-author of the book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH 2011).

The number of U.S. adults with pre-diabetes who are actually being told they have pre-diabetes is very low. These people need to know that they have a significant risk for developing type 2 diabetes and that they can reduce or eliminate that risk by making modest lifestyle changes.

“It is important to note that not all diet advice is helpful when it comes to pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.  Many experts advise eating too many concentrated carbohydrate foods like whole grains, other starches and even packaged processed foods which contain sugar and other ingredients which will make the condition worse”, according to Griesel.

Many diabetic and pre-diabetics report a complete reversal of these conditions after following a proper lifestyle program.  This is not surprising because these conditions and most other chronic diseases are the result of an abnormal hormonal response to incorrect diet.

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