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Health Beat: Don’t let pre-diabetes become diabetes

If you have pre-diabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes, especially to your heart, blood vessels and kidneys, may already be starting, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Unless you are going to regular checkups and getting blood work done, you probably feel fine,” said Alison Massey, the director of diabetes education at Mercy Medical Center.

Rapid weight loss, blurred vision or feeling thirsty all the time are not present in pre-diabetes.

“Starting at age 45, we should be screening every three years for type 2 diabetes. however, some people are at risk even earlier than that,” said Dr. Amber Champion, en endocrinologist at Mercy Medical Center.

A study out of the New England Journal of Medicine found something more effective than any drug in reducing diabetes risk, especially if you’re pre-diabetic.

“Losing weight can really be beneficial in preventing the onset or delaying the onset of diabetes for many years,” Champion said.

Champion said if you’re overweight, reduce your body weight by just five to seven percent, exercise at least 30 minutes, five times a week, and cut back on sugary drinks. Also, try to make vegetables 50 percent of each meal and increase your fiber intake. These lifestyle changes reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent.

The CDC said as many as 30 percent of those with pre-diabetes progress to diabetes within five years.

Originally written by Melanie Falcon, published at 69 WFMZ News

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