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World Diabetes Day 2014

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Diabetes and Prediabetes Are All Too Common

WDD_logo_EN_200pxDiabetes is an escalating health threat that affects everyone—your family, your community, fellow Americans and citizens of the globe.

You already know that about 29 million Americans have diabetes and more than 86 million have prediabetes, the condition that occurs before a diabetes diagnosis.

Worldwide, about 382 million people have diabetes, or 8.3% of the population. It’s most common in North America and the Caribbean (11%), followed by the Middle East and North Africa (9.2%).

Diabetes is a serious chronic condition that leads to increased risk for many dangerous health problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye conditions and more.

Prediabetes is often symptomless, which makes it hard to detect. In fact, 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

World Diabetes Day is a global awareness day created by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991. This year’s World Diabetes Day theme is “Healthy Living and Diabetes.” At PreDiabetes Centers, we believe that healthy living lies at the core of diabetes prevention.

Learning how to eat nutritiously–to fuel your body and optimize blood sugar levels–is a key part of diabetes management and prediabetes treatment. Click here to learn more about an optimal prediabetes/diabetes diet.

In recognition of World Diabetes Day, get screened for diabetes and learn your risk.

Guest Blogger Robin Tells Her Diabetes Story

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Hit with a Type 2 Diagnosis, One Woman Explains How She Coped

Today’s guest post comes from Robin Wright, a blogger over at DiabetesSisters.org. Robin has been living with type 2 diabetes for a decade now. She wanted to share how diabetes has affected her life as well as the risk factors that put her on the path toward this complicated disease.

Take it away, Robin!

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Hi! I’m Robin. I am 61 years old and have been living with type 2 diabetes for more than 10 years. The fact that I developed diabetes came as no surprise. It runs in both my mother and father’s families… genetics were not in my favor.

Also, I have had a weight problem since adolescence. I have always had trouble with food cravings and poor control over sugar consumption. I grew up in the 1950s in an urban neighborhood, so it was difficult to be active enough to work off the empty calories that I loved to consume. Unfortunately, as an adult all my dieting just got me heavier, stressing my endocrine system.

I learned I was diabetic during a routine visit to my internist. She had done some blood work and looked concerned as she told me the results: high blood sugar equals type 2 diabetes.

Of course I was upset. What did this mean?

I knew it was not the diagnosis of an untreatable or fatal illness, but I did know that diabetes sets the stage for increased risk of heart disease, cancer, loss of eyesight and loss of limb, neuropathy, and just about every plague of modern illness.

Many questions followed: How do you manage diabetes? What medications will I need to take? How does this effect day-to-day life?

I remember leaving the doctor’s office with a bag of supplies and samples in a large bag.

I felt alone. How do you live with this illness? I knew I needed support, so I scheduled an appointment with a diabetes educator.

I learned how to test my blood sugar and how to create a low-sugar and low-carbohydrate diet by reading food labels. Also, I also learned that exercise could help manage my blood sugar levels.

Luckily, there are many effective medications available today. I was prescribed Metformin and Januvia, two orally administered medications. So far, my blood sugar levels have been maintained at acceptable levels with my A1c level at 6.6% (A1c of 6.5% or higher indicates diabetes).

I struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, I am able to get valuable health information and connect with other diabetics over the Internet.

Good nutrition is important. I found a local group that emphasizes whole food preparation in small groups at a “family table.” The philosophy here is that good nutrition has been lost in our fast food culture creating the epidemic of obesity and other health related problems.

It was through this group that I learned how to feed myself with healthy and delicious food.

Also, I needed emotional support. I found a national group called Diabetes Sisters (diabetessisters.org) and connected with a local support group for women living with prediabetes, type 1 and type 2.

Having this support group has made managing the questions, frustrations and successes less lonely. The surprise of all of this: Meeting many new and wonderful people and turning adverse circumstances into strength!

I hope sharing my experience will ease your concerns and offer hope in your quest for health.

-Robin

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Are genetics and a poor diet putting you at risk of diabetes, like it did with Robin?

If you have prediabetes (1 out of 3 Americans do!), there may still be time to prevent the development of diabetes. You could potentially avoid a diabetes diagnosis by getting tested today.

Join Us Tomorrow at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Grand Prairie

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PreDiabetes Centers to Attend the American Diabetes Association’s Annual Diabetes Awareness Walk in North Texas

step-out-walk-DFWIf you live near the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, why not wake up a little early tomorrow morning, head on over to the Step Out Walk and show support for diabetes awareness?

In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re participating in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes (North Texas), happening tomorrow, Saturday, November 8th.

The event will be held at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, located at 1600 Lone Star Parkway.

The fundraising walk is a celebration honoring attendees with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, and will feature music, food, kids’ activities, local entertainment and a timed 5K/3 mile walk or run. Registration begins at 8:30a.m., while the walk/run begins at 10:30a.m.

Pop into the event (you don’t have to run or walk in the race to enjoy the festivities) and look for our booth! Our Fort Worth health coach will be on hand to talk to event-goers about their diabetes risk and free diabetes blood screening.

We hope to see you there!

Stop Diabetes @ Work: PreDiabetes Centers Urges Diabetes Screening at Companies

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PreD Teams Up with the American Diabetes Association to Help Local Area Employees Learn Their Risk for Diabetes

PreDiabetes Centers Medical Director Alan Hopkins, MD, is making the rounds in Austin, popping into employee lunch rooms to talk about the dangers of diabetes and encouraging people to get screened for diabetes early on—in hopes of helping people catch the disease in the early stage of prediabetes when it can still be reversed.

Dr. Hopkins will be giving several more educational diabetes and prediabetes talks at many companies around Austin in partnership with the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes @ Work initiative.

“Diabetes is a disease every person should want to avoid,” says Dr. Hopkins.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that leads to many long-term health problems, including high blood pressure, eye complications, neuropathy, and skin problems, and increased risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

“We hope our partnership with the ADA will empower employees to get screened for prediabetes and its associated conditions,” says Dr. Hopkins. “If left untreated, a significant portion of prediabetics will progress to diabetes.”

Without lifestyle intervention, about 15%-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes, according to the latest statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Think you could have prediabetes or diabetes but you aren’t sure? Sign up for free screening at your local PreDiabetes Center.

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