The problem with pre-diabetes and even diabetes is that very often the person can have it and not know it. Of course if you are overweight - we might suspect it - but frankly, not every person who is overweight gets diabetes. So we need better ways to identify these patients so that we can intervene with strategies that that can minimize progression of the disease. And a big problem remains that a so-called risk factor in one person may not be a risk factor in another person.
A researcher from the University of Missouri has created a tool to identify people that he feels are at the highest risk for having "undetected hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar), impaired fasting glucose (IFG), and undiagnosed diabetes ." It's called the "Tool to Assess Likelihood of Fasting Glucose Impairment" (TAG-IT) and it's designed to use factors that people can self-observe, self-report or factors that are easily measured. The 6 factors include:
There is an epidemic of pre-diabetes and diabetes in the United States. Fifty years ago, diabetes was a relatively uncommon disease. Today, the latest estimates are that 50% of Americans are now diabetic or pre-diabetic.
There are some obvious reasons to explain why this epidemic has developed: excess weight, inactivity, the proliferation of fructose in our diets. It is also my firm belief that the diets advocated by official agencies, like the USDA, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Diabetes Association, have also contributed with their advice to eat more "healthy whole grains."
I know that, when I was a kid, I ate Lucky Charms® or Cocoa Puffs® for breakfast, carried Hoho's® and Scooter Pies® in my lunchbox along with a peanut butter sandwich on white bread. We ate many TV dinners, biscuits, instant mashed potatoes for dinner. Back then, it was a matter of novelty, convenience, and, yes, taste. Many of th...
I recently received an e-mail, asking about a herbal preparation that the reader had found on the Internet. Paraphrased, it read: "I recently read an ad for a new herbal treatment for type 2 diabetes called [name deleted]. Has anyone researched this or had any experience with it? It appears to be very promising, but of course it was an ad." My reply was as follows: "I have no experience with this product other than reviewing its website just now. I might point out that the supposed clinical trial report that they use in support of their claims is certainly not in the format of CSRs (Clinical Study Reports) nor drafts for publication that I am used to, and seems targeted to the non-science reader. The conclusion is laughable: "Based on these clinical comparisons and the complete lack of known adverse side effects, interactions, or contra-indications from the herbal ingredients in the test product, we conclude that [name deleted] was shown to be a safe and highly effective means of promoting...
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