Friday, February 6, 2009

There are 57 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body may already be occurring during pre-diabetes and most donít even know they have it. Dr. Edward Hill discusses pre-diabetes in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Although almost 25 percent of American adults have pre-diabetes, most arenít aware they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Only 4 percent of Americans report having pre-diabetes. People with the condition are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. However, if people are aware that they have the condition and make the appropriate lifestyle changes, those changes can prevent or delay the development of diabetes.

Researchers from the CDC analyzed data from the 2006 National Health Interview Survey, which is a nationally representative survey of adults conducted through face-to-face interviews. In 2006, participants were asked for the first time about pre-diabetes. There were 24,275 adult participants 18 or older.

Of the 4 percent of people who had been told they had prediabetes, 68 percent had tried to lose or control weight, 55 percent had increased physical activity or exercise, 60 percent had reduced fat or calories in their diet and 42 percent had done all three.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.