PreD Southwest Houston Team Speaks with Event-Goers at the ADA Expo
We had a blast at the American Diabetes Association Expo in Houston this past Saturday!
Our health coach, Heather Baskin, and medical assistant, Kristina Herrera, of the PreDiabetes Center of Southwest Houston talked with hundreds of event-goers about their personal risk factors for diabetes and conducted free hemoglobin A1c blood screenings.
PreDiabetes Centers Medical Director Alan Hopkins, MD, also attended the show.
In a lively presentation, Dr. Hopkins discussed the rapidly growing diabetes epidemic with expo attendees and stressed the importance of being screened for the disease early on.
In his lecture—entitled, “The Great Sugar Story: Prediabetes and the Coming Tsunami of Diabetes”—Dr. Hopkins explained that the nation is suffering from poor nutrition and a sugar dependency… and the consequences are deadly.
“Diabetes is becoming more common. By 2050, as many as 1 in 3 could have diabetes,” he said.
With a background in emergency medicine, Dr. Hopkins said he noticed something very alarming in many of his ER patients.
“Many young people were coming in with strokes and heart attacks,” said Hopkins. “And autopsies on those who died showed severe plaque buildup in their arteries.”
Over time, high blood sugar can lead to increased plaque buildup in the arteries, which hardens and narrow the arteries and increases a person’s risk for heart conditions, including strokes and heart attacks.
That’s why getting tested for diabetes and catching it early in the prediabetic stage is so critical.
While hemoglobin A1c is the hallmark measurement in a diabetes diagnosis, there are other biomarkers that can play an important role in the development of diabetes. Many attendees who stopped by the PreDiabetes Centers booth signed up for the Company’s comprehensive blood draw which examines 13 biomarkers—including insulin, C-reactive protein, testosterone, cholesterol levels, thyroid hormones, vitamin levels and more.