Five Steps to Diabetes Prevention

| 9/7/2011 3:23:26 PM

J.PattonNo one wants to get diabetes—and luckily for you, researchers may have found a few ways to prevent it indefinitely.

However, before we get to that, let’s take a look at how prevalent this disease really is.

Diabetes affects 8.3 percent of the United States population. For adults in the United States, it is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness. The disease is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. In other words, it’s serious business.

And these statistics aren’t predicted to improve—in fact, they’re only supposed to get worse. In 2008, 50 percent of American citizens ages 65 or older were pre-diabetic, which means they were suffering from conditions, such as high blood sugar, proven to occur before the onset of type 2 diabetes.

These numbers don’t sound too encouraging, especially to those likely to receive a type 2 diabetes diagnosis at some point in life. Here are some factors that may mean you are at risk:

• You have a family history of diabetes.
• You are over the age of 45.
• You have metabolic syndrome.
• You are overweight.
• You have high blood pressure.