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Understand
Your Opponent

First, it's good to know what
you're tackling. Prediabetes is
a condition in which people
have blood sugar levels that are
higher than normal but not yet
high enough to be diagnosed as
diabetes. A group of experts at the
American Diabetes Association
estimates that 7 out of 10 people
with prediabetes will eventually
develop diabetes.
Though many people think of
prediabetes as a blood sugar problem, everything actually hinges on
insulin, a hormone made by the
pancreas that helps blood sugar, or
glucose, enter the cells to be used
for energy.
"Insulin works like a key that
unlocks cells to let glucose in
from the bloodstream. In people

Diabetes and
Women's
Hearts
Diabetes seems to erase
a major advantage
that women have in
heart disease.

Compared with men,
the everyday risk of
cardiovascular disease
is often delayed by a
decade or so in women,
says Jane Reusch, MD,
the American Diabetes
Association lead for the
nationwide initiative Know
Diabetes by Heart.
"But when women
develop diabetes, that
risk evens out," she says.
In fact, women with
diabetes develop equal
cardiovascular risk to
men with diabetes-
and greater risk than
men without diabetes,
Reusch says.
"Diabetes is a bad
equalizer for women."

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o, you've been diagnosed with
prediabetes. That's good news.
Yes, you read that correctly.
If you have prediabetes and
you know it, you're in rare-and
informed-company. While 1
in 3 Americans have prediabetes, a whopping 90 percent don't
know they have it, according to
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.
Why is this important? Because
before people develop type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized
by the body's inability to regulate
blood sugar, they almost always
have prediabetes.
"Prediabetes is a call to action.
It's an opportunity to change some
fundamental things that may allow
you not to progress to diabetes," says
endocrinologist Jane Reusch, MD,
the American Diabetes Association
lead for the nationwide initiative
Know Diabetes by Heart.
Prediabetes is reversible, but your
body won't turn back the clock on
its own. You need a plan.

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