Maybe you’re a few pounds overweight. You’re not as active as you used to be, or maybe you were never physically active to begin with. Your blood pressure might be a little high, and your cholesterol might be making a steady climb into undesirable territory. But what about your blood
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The word “pre” may sound innocuous, but a prediabetes diagnosis is one to be taken very seriously. According to cardiologist Karol Watson, MD, UCLA Medical Center, the leading cause of death for people with diabetes is heart disease.
“The damage doesn’t just start once diabetes is diagnosed,” explains Dr. Watson. “The
Type 2 diabetes sneaks up on you. You may go for years paying no attention to your blood sugar. And even if you develop symptoms of diabetes, you still might not realize that you’ve joined the millions of Americans who have the disease.
“Comparative to other diseases that alarm people, diabetes
All adults ages 40 to 70 who are overweight or obese should be screened for diabetes, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In its October 2015 recommendation, the USPSTF advocates screening with the hemoglobin A1c, fasting blood glucose, or oral glucose tolerance tests. Any abnormal findings should