November 02, 2011
Tracy Breen, MD
November is American Diabetes Awareness Month and over the next several weeks, North Shore-LIJ diabetes specialists will be sharing their expertise with readers.
The US is experiencing a diabetes epidemic that affects about 26 million adults. And the numbers are growing: almost 40 percent of adults in the US already suffer from “pre-diabetes.” People with pre-diabetes have a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes unless they make major lifestyle changes--particularly regarding exercise and weight management.
Diabetes can be costly and debilitating. Its complications include heart attacks, strokes, vascular problems, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. Keeping diabetes under control can help reduce the risk these complications, but the most effective way to prevent diabetes complications is to prevent diabetes in the first place.
A simple blood test, known as a Hemoglobin A1c (or simply A1c), screens for diabetes and pre-diabetes.
The following people should be screened every year with an A1c test:
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- All adults over 45
- All adults with hypertension (high blood pressure)