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Should I Get Tested For Prediabetes?

There is a good reason why November is Diabetes Awareness Month – we need it. There are  25.8 million Americans (that’s 8.3 percent of the US population) that have diabetes. Of those, about 7 million don’t know they have it. What is even more worrisome, it is estimated that another 79 million adults aged 20 and older have prediabetes. That’s a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be called diabetes.

If you have prediabetes and begin to lose weight and exercise, there is a good chance of reversing it. But if you wait five years or more, there is a good chance it will turn into diabetes. About 68 percent of people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke, problems that might not have happened if the diabetes had been prevented.


Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by:

You are more likely to get prediabetes or diabetes if you:

  • Have diabetes in your family
  • Are a member of a minority group, including African American, Native American, Latino, or Pacific Islander
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high blood fats, called cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Are not physically active
  • Had high blood glucose when pregnant; this is called gestational diabetes
  • Gave birth to a baby weighing more than 10 pounds

According to the National Institute of Health, consider getting tested for prediabetes if you are overweight and

  • are physically inactive
  • have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • have high blood pressure or high cholesterol—blood fat
  • have abnormal levels of HDL, or good, cholesterol or triglycerides—another type of blood fat
  • had gestational diabetes—diabetes that develops only during pregnancy—or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • are African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander American
  • have polycystic ovary syndrome, also called PCOS
  • have a dark, velvety rash around your neck or armpits
  • have blood vessel problems affecting your heart, brain, or legs

In honor of diabetes awareness month I created the music video above. Enjoy! Don’t let diabetes take control of you.

For more information on diabetes and menopause visit My Menopause Magazine.

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Women's health expert and guest speaker Dr. Mache Seibel addresses consumers' critical needs from weight control to HRTmenopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years and is founder of My Menopause Magazine on the Apple Newsstand (http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag). Download the Free App and first Free issue. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. Visit his award-winning website DoctorSeibel.com to sign up for his free monthly newsletter.

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1:20PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I'm going to disagree with doing so. Big Pharma makes a fortune selling insulin and diabetic testing supplies, and the sugar standards, consequently have been plummeting so that more and more people are deemed diabetic. Eat in moderation, keep your body moving, don't become addicted to ANY substance, natural or not. Then you can be tested occasionally if you find symptoms popping up, without being dosed to death.

11:21AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

I just wanted to let you know that you have a broken link in your article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/should-i-get-tested-for-prediabetes.html

The broken link: Exercising moderately which points to http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/checkup-america/activity.html

There is another exact copy saved of it here:
http://greenappleeyecare.com/activity.html

It appears that that the original site does not provide this anymore but the alternative copy of the page still has all of the helpful resources. I hope this helps you out!

9:41AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Thank you

4:21AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

Interesting

10:25AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

Good habits to get into anyway, for all kinds of reasons. Thanks.

7:08AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

That's no use. I'd better buy a grave.

7:07AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

scary

12:55AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

Thank you :)

3:38PM PST on Dec 6, 2013

thanks

8:06AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

Yes - this should be part of your regular physical check up. If it isn't then ask your doctor to do the test so you can start to track your numbers.

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