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Could You Have Been Misdiagnosed?

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Specialized Prediabetes Screening Can Help You Find Out if You’re Developing Diabetes

Physician with PreDiabetes Centers clientHave you ever felt like you had a condition but had been told by the doctor you had something else?

Well, you might have been right!

At least 5% of Americans–12 million people–are misdiagnosed every year, says a study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety.

The misdiagnoses occur outside of the hospital, such as in doctors’ offices and outpatient clinics, say the researchers, who estimate that 1 in 20 patients are misdiagnosed in an outpatient facility. They noted that efforts to improve patient safety have been focused on patients in hospitals, not in outpatient settings.

That means getting a second opinion may not be such a bad idea after all! It could confirm that you indeed have the condition the doctor says you have, or it could identify a new condition you were unaware of.

Many PreDiabetes Centers clients said they had symptoms for several months and were unaware of their condition. After receiving biomarker-based screening, they learned they actually had a serious condition–prediabetes, the beginning stage of type 2 diabetes.

Get screened today to find out if you have prediabetes, a condition that is often missed in doctors’ offices since the symptoms can be so mild, they can be easily ignored. Only an advanced blood screening can tell for sure if your body is on the road to developing diabetes.

Another Reason to Prevent Diabetes: You Won’t Neglect Cancer Screening

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Lower Breast Cancer Screening Rate Among Diabetics

Breast cancer screeningIt turns out that women with diabetes are 14% less likely to get a mammogram, compared to women without diabetes.

Why?

According to researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women’s College Hospital, managing a chronic disease like diabetes is hard enough, which led diabetic women to neglect important preventative actions, like breast cancer screening.

Here are more details on the study, published in the journal Diabetic Medicine: It looked at women between 50 and 59 years of age from 1999 to 2010. The team also found that low socioeconomic status is another challenge that prevented diabetic women from getting screened.

Breast cancer screening is important. Early detection of breast cancer can help identify cancers before symptoms are present. And there’s a higher chance of surviving the cancer if it’s detected in early stages.

It’s especially important for diabetics to be screened since they’re at greater risk for certain cancers, including breast cancer.

Can Mulberry Leaves Help Manage Diabetes?

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Leaf Extract May Lower Blood Sugar Pikes

Mulberry-plantYou know that famous spring song “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”? Well, if you’re diabetic, you may want to find a mulberry tree: It could help you manage the blood sugar levels!

A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that mulberry leaf extract could lower blood sugar spikes.

In the four-week study, researchers tracked rats with induced diabetes and rats without diabetes. The rats were fed the same diet, but some diabetic rats also received powdered mulberry supplements from a white mulberry tree cultivated in Poland. The diabetic rats were divided into three groups, and each received a different form of mulberry: either dried mulberry leaves, mulberry extracted with ethanol, or mulberry extracted with acetone. Two control groups, consisting of diabetic and and non-diabetic rats, did not receive supplements.

The researchers discovered that all rats who were given mulberry supplements had significantly lower blood glucose levels after 10 days and maintained the low levels at 28 days. The rats who were treated with ethanol-extract mulberry saw the steepest reduction in blood sugar levels (at 49%).

Remember, research in rats aren’t necessarily indicative of what will happen when the same test is administered in humans. The researchers caution that other compounds in mulberry leaf extracts could have affected the results.

Other supplements also have been shown to help with blood glucose control. Learn more.

Friday Food Tip: Keep Healthy Snacks Closeby

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Diabetes Prevention: Pack Nutritious Snacks

Hummus SnackAre you guilty of lazy grazing?

You know, stuffing Cheetos, bite-size candies and other unmentionables in your mouth because they’re nearby?

We all are!

The key to eating healthy snacks is simple: Have healthy, store-bought (or homemade!) snacks within arm’s reach in your purse, car, or desk drawer. That way, you have healthy snacks with you no matter where you are.

Be careful when choosing so-called healthy snacks at the grocery store. Some contain a ton of calories and fat. Also, foods labeled “multi-grain” or “wheat grain” are typically made with refined grains (which are stripped of their nutrition during processing). Tip look for “whole grain” when shopping for snacks. And “reduced-fat” foods usually contain more sugar than their regular counterparts.

The PreDiabetes Centers health team recommends KIND Fruit & Nut and KIND Plus bars, but only in these flavors (the recipes have more nutrients): Peanut Butter & Strawberry; Nut Delight; Almond Cashew with Flax & Omega 3; Blueberry, Pecan & Fiber; Pomegranate, Blueberry, Pistachio & Antioxidants.

Other options?

Sprouted whole grain bread with hummus and alfalfa sprouts or sliced tomato, 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt with 1 diced kiwi and 1 tablespoon cashews, steamed edamame, or rice cake with peanut butter and dried cranberries.

Remember, eating healthfully is an important part of an effective diabetes prevention plan. Get more info on diabetes prevention meal planning!

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