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Diabetes Prevention: Don’t Forget to Exercise!

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Aerobic Exercise and Strength Training Are Part of a Prediabetes Wellness Plan

RunnersYou know that exercise is good for you.

Regular exercise can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Being active at least three times a week can help you better manage blood sugar levels, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and burns calories to help you lose or maintain weight.

So what constitutes exercise? Basically anything that gets you moving!

Walking, gardening, dancing, running, water-skiing… all these activities count!

Learn more about exercise, prediabetes and diabetes.

 

Good News: Diabetes-Related Complications Have Declined

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Fewer Heart Attacks, Strokes Related to Diabetes in Recent Years

Patient Receiving Shot from NurseAs you know, diabetes has hit epidemic proportions. Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes, a condition that comes with a boatload of other health conditions, including eye problems, heart disease, and kidney disease.

The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers hope to diabetics: Researchers say that major complications related to diabetes have fallen during the last 20 years. Rates of heart attack, stroke, end-stage kidney failure, lower-limb amputation and deaths from high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) have all fallen.

Cardiovascular problems and deaths from high blood sugar fell by over 60%; strokes and lower extremity amputations decreased by 50%; and kidney failure rates dropped by 30%, according to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The CDC team believes that lower rates of complications could be due to increased access to health care services. They caution that while it’s great complications are on the decline, it’s still concerning that the number of Americans with diabetes has tripled in the last two decades. 

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.

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