Take it to Heart, Pre-Diabetes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

By Julie Humphreys

Take it to Heart, Pre-Diabetes

    IM JULIE HUMPHREYS WITH "TAKE IT TO HEART"..YOU MAY HAVE A CONDITION KNOWN AS PRE-DIABETES..SOME 41-MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS OVER AGE 40 DO.TONIGHT IN "TAKE IT TO HEART"  A LOCAL EFFORT TO HELP FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ONE OF THEM.


      CAROL KEE LEARNED SHE IS PRE-DIABETIC..HER BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL WAS A LITTLE HIGH,,,BUT NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO BE CLASSIFIED AS FULL BLOWN DIABETES. SHE TOOK THE NEWS SERIOUSLY AND MADE BIG TIME LIFESTYLE CHANGES..THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. DIABETES EDUCATOR LISA RANDALL.

<THE BIGGEST THING I HEAR PEOPLE SAY IS WELL MY DOC SAYS I DON'T HAVE DIABETES YET..SO THEY QUIT LISTENING . IT'S SO MUCH EASIER TO DEAL WITH NOW THAN LATER>

    NOW ONLY IS IT EASIER TO DEAL WITH,,BUT YOU CAN ACTUALLY PREVENT DIABETES.A SIMPLE BLOOD TEST TELLS YOU WHETHER YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD SUGAR. IT'S NECESSARY BECAUSE THERE ARE GENERALLY NO SYMPTOMS WITH PRE-DIABETES,,BUT THERE ARE RISK FACTORS.
        YOU WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE IS A MAJOR ONE. WOMEN WITH A WAIST MEASUREMENT OF 35 INCHES OR MORE, AND MEN WITH 40 INCHES OR MORE ARE AT RISK..  A FAMILY HISTORY OF DIABETES IS THE OTHER KEY MARKER.
         IF YOU INDEED HAVE PRE-DIABETES LIKE CAROL KEE, DIET AND EXERCISE CHANGES CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN WHETHER YOU GET DIABETES.  A DISEASE THAT IS A MAJOR HEART DISEASE RISK FACTOR, THE MAJOR CAUSE OF BLINDNESS AND END STAGE RENAL DISEASE IN THE WESTERN WORLD, AND A LEADING CAUSE OF LIMB AMPUTATION.

INLAND NORTHWEST HEALTH SERVICES IS OFFERING A 2 SESSION CLASS ON PRE-DIABETES BEGINNING NEXT WEEK...FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLASSES LOG ONTO KHQ.COM AND CLICK ON FEATURED LINKS UNDER THE NEWS TAB.
    

 

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