What’s in a number? Nearly half of all California adults are estimated to have prediabetes. Frighteningly enough, around 90 percent of people don’t know their risk, according to the same report. As we get older, our metabolism slows, enabling even more weight gain. Meanwhile, women may have to deteriorate further than men before full-blown type 2 diabetes develops, so they’re at a worse starting point even before treatment begins. And because November is American Diabetes Month, doctors are taking the opportunity to warn people that even if they don’t have diabetes, their bodies still may be suffering damage from elevated blood sugar. We’ll go into greater depth about what prediabetes is in a moment, but first, some startling news.
This fact awakened my brain to the realization that the diagnosis of Diabetes did not produce the fear it should have. (1) our children who do not have diabetes are tested every year, since siblings are at greater risk than others. If someone has diabetes, they are either unable to make or effectively use insulin, a hormone that is required for cells to absorb fuel. Race – For reasons unknown, certain ethnic groups are more prone to prediabetes. Those who do live longer lives may suffer more medical problems and ill health during those extra years. On a national scale, opportunities are even greater. adults have prediabetes and are likely to develop full-blown diabetes, unless steps are taken to improve their health.