The global epidemic of prediabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC.gov), there are approximately 84 million people with prediabetes. 9 out of 10 (approximately 90%) of these people do not even know they have the condition. Left untreated, prediabetes can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The good news is that oftentimes, diet and lifestyle changes are able to reverse this condition. Knowledge is power! Prediabetes is defined as a blood sugar/glucose level that is higher than normal, but has not yet high enough to meet the definition of diabetes. A normal nondiabetic fasting blood sugar is less than 100mg/dl. A prediabetes fasting blood sugar level is between 100-125mg/dl; fasting bl

Diabetes and Kidney Disease

Diabetes (a.k.a. diabetes mellitus) is a chronic disease in which your body does not make enough insulin or does not utilize properly the insulin it is making. Uncontrolled diabetes, or chronically elevated blood sugar levels, can cause problems for many organs in your body. Blood vessels and nerve endings throughout the body can become inflamed/injured, causing a variety of medical complications. In this article, we will focus on diabetes and its effects on kidneys. Diabetes is currently a leading cause of kidney disease. It is estimated that nearly 1 of 4 adults with diabetes has some form of kidney disease. The kidneys are organs that are responsible for clearing waste products from your

Diabetes and summer fun: Let’s get moving!

Spring has finally sprung. The long awaited warmer weather has arrived. Most of us will be heading outside and becoming more active! Before we start enjoying these solo and group activities, let’s take a few minutes to review the best ways to stay safe in the months ahead! Whether you are a confirmed “couch potato” or seasoned runner, it is important to start slowly and build tolerance to any physical activity. Avoiding any undo stress and strain will decrease the risk of injury and allow you to enjoy all the benefits of better health. If you haven’t been particularly active and feel unsure about your health, check with your health care provider before starting any new regimen. Depending on

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