Tuesday, October 14, 2008
An estimated 24 million people in this country have diabetes and an alarming 57 million more have high blood sugars and are in danger of developing into diabetes, a condition known as prediabetes. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some options for those at-risk people in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
An estimated 57 million people in the United States have prediabetes, a condition where their blood sugar levels or above normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
Prediabetes isnít harmless. It makes diabetes, and its many complications, more likely. The American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists have come up with some recommendations for dealing with prediabetes.
∑ Lose 5 to 10 percent of your body weight.
∑ Get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week.
∑ Eat a low-fat diet with adequate dietary fiber.
∑ To lower blood pressure, cut back on sodium and donít drink too much alcohol.
∑ Take aspirin, unless you have a medical reason not to. Be sure to ask your doctor first.
∑ Get your blood pressure and cholesterol down to the levels recommended for diabetes patients.
∑ Take medication, if needed. If lifestyle isnít enough to reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease, medications may help.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.