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-- some new calls for wider testing to prevent diabetes medical experts are warning about the importance of detecting symptoms before the full blown disease hits.
According to the National Institutes of Health one in three adults have something called pre diabetes.
Breaking that down as many as 79 million Americans are affected ages twenty and older.
-- now doctor Martin -- physician and professor of public health at Johns Hopkins pre diabetes what does that.
Well it means that you're probably gonna turn into someone who has diabetes in the short term now.
People don't think of diabetes as a disease that's increasing rapidly but.
-- smoking where's the great public health crisis of the last generation diabetes from obesity.
Is the crisis of this generation and you don't need to be -- you just need to be a little overweight.
To be prone to type two diabetes well is it easy dangerous I mean -- pre diabetes doesn't come with the same symptoms as the full blown disease.
We -- many people with pre diabetes have no symptoms at all or they may just have early signs of some of the symptoms like blurry vision or.
I've feeling thirsty a lot or fatigue or frequent urination.
But it is the beginning of a progression to diabetes and John Tanner twenty years down the road diabetes is a serious.
Health condition and results and dialysis heart attacks.
Joint replacements loss of sensation some say in -- late stages it's one of the worst diseases.
In the entire medical field to have so it it is it is very serious and one in three some say one -- four.
Americans is pre diabetic.
Well we can control latter I mean the good news is it's really just a matter of diet and exercise primarily -- Yeah it is essentially an entirely curable and preventable disease.
And this incidence has been skyrocketing really lately as overweight and obesity has been skyrocketing so.
It follows that parallel and now there's this test it's been around actually since the sixties.
But recently in the last.
Two or three years associations have been endorsing get as a way to screen for pre diabetes to see if you're one of those.
One in four or some say one and three that has this condition and you ask your doctor for that test is that where you -- Absolutely it's called a hemoglobin a one C is sort of tells you what your average blood sugar level has been over the last couple months.
And says hi that is if it's about five and a half or so you really need to cut those -- out of your diet due to cut down a sugary drinks.
And the process food that's based on sugar and process food.
Doctor -- MacKay area to Johns Hopkins talked to thank you.
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