Do You Have Diabetes?
Nearly 7 million Americans of all ages are walking around with undiagnosed diabetes, putting them at high risk for heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. "Many people don't know they have diabetes until it gets into a more advanced stage and, by then, the damage is hard to undo," says Michael Koren, MD, an endocrinologist with Advanced Care in Endocrinology & Diabetes in Colorado Springs. "Every adult over 45 should be tested for diabetes every three years, even if they feel fine." In addition to fasting glucose and glucose tolerance tests, an A1c blood test can be used to screen patients. This test is more convenient for patients because it does not require fasting and can be done any time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. KOREN, CALL 719-776-3636.
Four Ways to Prevent Diabetes
- Breastfeeding a baby for even one month cuts a mom's risk of diabetes in half.
- Combining aerobic exercise and resistance training controls blood sugar better than either one alone.
- Eating a Mediterranean-style diet controls diabetes more effectively than a low-fat diet.
- Sleeping poorly is linked to an increased risk of diabetes.
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