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Remember that you're a vital
part of your care team, too. "Be
persistent about asking to get
screened for diabetes at age 45. If
you're overweight or have parents
with diabetes, ask to be screened
sooner," Reusch says, noting that a
family history of diabetes puts you
at higher risk.
"Diabetes doubles to triples
the risk of heart attack or stroke.
It makes you four to seven times
more likely to have an amputation.
It's a leading cause of blindness and
the leading cause of kidney disease
that leads to dialysis," Reusch says.
Let these unfortunate facts motivate you to prevent prediabetes
from worsening. "If you progress
to type 2 diabetes, it becomes
this monkey on your back. It's not
only physically demanding, but
it's psychologically demanding,"
she says.
Weisenberger adds a twist that
she and other diabetes experts
are also following closely-the
coronavirus. COVID-19 patients
with diabetes have worse outcomes with the virus than patients
who do not have diabetes. While
the reasons for this are not
fully understood, she says it's
not surprising.
"Prediabetes and diabetes are
metabolic problems, meaning
they cover a lot of your body. So
if you have another problem, like
an infection, you might not do as
well. You've already got something
standing in your way."
The bottom line is that taking
control of prediabetes can improve
your health across the board.
"A better diet, fiber-rich foods,
proper portions, more exercise-
these all have ripple effects on heart
disease, stroke, weight management, cancer and other conditions,"
Weisenberger says. "Once you start
making improvements for prediabetes, you're making improvements
for every part of your life." *

Pro tip:

Schedule regular
physicals and
eye exams to
keep diabetes at
bay and to talk
to your doctors
about other
strategies, such
as medication,
that can help.

Pro tip:

Take care to
practice good
hand hygiene
and, when
appropriate,
social distancing
measures to
reduce your risk
of acquiring
any infection.

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