A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows shocking results regarding the number of U-S residents that have diabetes or are pre-diabetic. Dr. ViJay Shivaswamy is an endocrinologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and says the report shows that about one-third of all Americans are undiagnosed.
Dr. Shivaswamy says about 1/4th of the U-S population have diabetes and about 1/3 of are pre-diabetic. He says most of those with pre-diabetes have not been diagnosed.
He says, “That is a danger zone. Blood sugar levels are not normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. But it is also a state you are at risk of developing diabetes so if you don’t intervene at this point then you have a very high likelihood of getting diabetes.”
Dr. Shivaswamy says diet and exercise is the key to keeping diabetes in check. Heredity does play a role but he says making changes now can prevent further problems. Experts recommend those individuals should target a 7% weight loss within six months to a year. Dr. Shivaswamy says that includes watching your diet and increase activity levels to include 30 minutes of exercise a day.