DOING IT BETTER: Helping patients head off diabetes

January 2005 
Volume 35  Number 1
Pages 25 - 25
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    ACCORDING TO the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), about 40% of Americans between the ages of 40 and 74 have prediabetes, putting them at increased risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A study by the NIH-sponsored Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group found that 58% of these patients can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by adopting a lifestyle-intervention program. By following guidelines from the study, you can help patients initiate these important changes.

    Prediabetes describes blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to warrant the diagnosis of diabetes. The following tests help identify prediabetes and diabetes:

    * fasting plasma glucose test: normal: less than 100 mg/dl prediabetes: 100 to 125 mg/dl diabetes: more than ...

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