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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:
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...
Definition Pre-diabetes is a health condition that carries no symptoms. Commonly referred to as "impaired glucose tolerance," approximately 54 million people in the United States twenty years and older have this condition. And although their blood glucose levels are higher than they should be, they are not at the level to be classified as diabetes. People develop this condition, and if it goes undiagnosed, it can lead to the more serious type 2 diabetes. Medical research has revealed that people with pre-diabetes may already be suffering some damage to their heart and circulatory system. Who is at Risk? Certain population groups have a higher risk of diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and pre-diabetes. For example, diabetes affects Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans. In addition, seniors are also considered high risk for various types of diabetes. Doctors are now more cautious when they suspect a patient may be at risk for diabetes, because o...
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