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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 Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. See also: Gestational diabetes Metabolic syndrome Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes Causes, incidence, and risk factors Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both. To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down and used by the body for energy. Several things happen when food is digested: A sugar called glucose enters the bloodstream. Glucose is a source of fuel for the body. An organ called the pancreas makes insulin. The role of insulin is to move glucose from the bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it can be used as fuel. People with diabetes have high blood sugar. This is because: Their pancreas does not make enough insulin Their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond to insulin normally Both of the above There are three...
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