It is estimated that 10% of all U.S. adults have diabetes, while 34.5% have prediabetes. Being overweight or obese is the strongest risk factor for developing prediabetes and then full-blown diabetes. According to the CDC, additional risk factors include a family history of diabetes and older age.
Younger and younger people are now developing prediabetes and diabetes. Dr. Marie McDonnell, an endocrinologist and director of the clinical diabetes program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston states, “If you can identify people at risk, you can reduce the time that an individual spends in a diabetes-range blood sugar.”
A Wall Street Journal article says that the panel from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group of medical experts is now recommending screening beginning at age 35 for at-risk individuals. They also looked at studies showing that lifestyle interventions, such as improving diet and increasing physical activity, reduced the progression of prediabetes to diabetes which can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, liver damage, blindness, and kidney failure.
With early diagnosis, individual can “act on it” and reduce both progression and complications.
As a Registered Dietitian, I can work with you to reduce your risk of developing diabetes through individualized nutrition interventions. Together, we develop a diet plan to reduce blood glucose levels, cholesterol, fat deposits in the abdomen, and blood pressure. We also set, achieve, and maintain realistic weight goals. Lifestyle changes can not only reduce your chances of developing diabetes but also reverse diabetes and prediabetes.
Turn dietary interventions into habits that last a lifetime.
For more information:
Toy, Sarah. “Diabetes Screening Should Start at 35. US Panel Recommends.” The Wall Street Journal. August 25, 2021.