Why You Should Be Screened for Prediabetes

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 22, 2011 · 0 comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated 79 million Americans are prediabetic, a condition that puts a person a risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Yet very few of these people know they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next decade. A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed a simple blood test, hemoglobin A1c, could screen for prediabetes.

A1c measures average blood glucose level over the past 8 to 12 weeks. It is routinely used to monitor diabetes. But, it can also be used to identify pre-diabetes and prevent the progression to type 2 diabetes if at-risk individuals lost weight, started exercising and made simple diet changes.

It is estimated that only 7% of adults with prediabetes have been screened. More comprehensive screening could prevent millions of cases of type 2 diabetes and save billion in health care dollars needed to treat it.

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