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Learning About Prediabetes Management and Its Importance | Diabetes Daily Post
Learning About Prediabetes Management and Its Importance

Prediabetes Management and Its Importance

prediabetes-101aAlthough not all prediabetes patients become diabetic, prediabetes is generally considered as a harbinger for diabetes and most of these patients are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Occasionally the use of prediabetes as a term for patients who never progress to diabetes has been questioned. Some clinicians suggest the term intermediate hyperglycemia instead. Regardless once diagnosed, the patients need treatment starting with life style modification as a first-line tool. Data from the CDC estimated about 80 million adults ages from twenty years and older in the Unites States had prediabetes in 2010. This represents roughly 25% of the US population. It is estimated about 500 million worldwide having prediabetes by 2030. Some pundits estimated as high as 1 billion as more developing countries become developed. Chinese CDC reports her prediabetes and diabetes population may reach 250 million in 2030 (20% of of population). One can assume if the prediebetes is not checked the diabetes explosion will put enormous burden on health care budgets which inevitably siphon out the needed funds for other national priorities such as education and meal support for children, etc. 

Prediabetes is not only a risk factor for type 2 diabetes it is a risk factor for heart disease also. So managing prediabetes is important to prevent and delay the development of both diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. This is the reason why most advanced countries are treating diabetes prevention as the top national priority. A lot of efforts on the national level such as “nutrition facts” requirement on packaged foods has helped to some degree but it only touched the tip of an iceberg and obesity and prediabetes problems remain unchecked. Law makers must be educated and pass proactive steps aimed to solve “diabetes” and its prevention as soon as possible. One of the options will help is to make a portion of the gym membership tax deductible.

Diagnosis and screen 

Prediabetes is asymptomatic and mostly undiagnosed. Since prediabetes as a disease, is still not well-defined, the screening should be directed to high risk patients and those are the patients who are hypertensive, overweight (at any age) and older than 55 years. Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) is a method routinely used in the clinics which could  miss the detection of type 2 diabetes by 30% of patient. Oral Glucose tolerance Test (OGTT) is recommended when necessary to confirm or as a backup test for high risk patients to avoid under-detecting.

What you need to do if you are diagnosed as a prediabetic

First of all, do not panic. Download 90 day diabetes calendar and follow the instructions for 90 days.

This diabetes calendar applies equally to prediabetics. The difference is diabetes patients are on diabetes medications and the prediabetics are usually in pre-medication period. Thus, following the instructions with a determined mind you may be able to avert diabetes all together as short as 90 days. Remember, if you are diagnosed as a prediabetes patient, you are among the lucky ones because others did not have the chance to learn that  they are prediabetic before being diagnosed as full blown diabetic. So it is a “blessing” being diagnosed early.

Brought to You By:
The DDP Medical Writers Staff
www.diabetesdailypost.com

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