Posted September 27, 2013
An estimated 79 million Americans are in danger of developing diabetes, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Do you know the symptoms and whether you’re at risk?
Currently, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
Many people considered at risk for diabetes have a condition called prediabetes, with blood sugar levels that are higher than normal. Prediabetes can develop into full-blown diabetes, which may lead to other health complications, including heart, kidney and blood circulation problems. New research from the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information discovered that women with diabetes, left undiagnosed for many years, may develop cardiovascular disease, placing them at greater risk for death than men with diabetes.
According to the CDC, 30 percent or more of those with prediabetes will develop diabetes over the course of a decade. Family genetics also can place people at risk for the disease, especially when combined with these lifestyle choices:
- Being overweight or obese
- Following a sedentary lifestyle
- Consuming unhealthy foods on a regular basis
To prevent or delay diabetes, the ADA and CDC offer these recommendations:
- Lose 5 to 7 percent of current body weight
- Engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week
- Eat a nutritious diet, with limited amounts of sugars and carbohydrates
- Check with your doctor about medications that may be helpful in lowering your risk
Learn more about diabetes and ways to prevent the disease: