January 27, 2015

Prediabetes and the Risk of Diabetes


The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1/3 of adults in the United States has prediabetes: 79 million Americans, half of all Americans aged 65 years or older, and that 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

If these risk factors apply to you, seek medical attention:
  • age 45 or older
  • overweight
  • family history of diabetes--parent or sibling
  • background--African-American; Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander
  • history of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or giving birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more
  • physical activity less than three times per week
Early diagnosis and treatment and lifestyle changes can prevent serious medical consequences.

Source:  www.cdc.gov

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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