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Pre-Diabetes Timebomb Warning

Diabetes UK warned around 7 million people in the UK who have early warning signs of diabetes about the long-term damage if they would not change .2 their unhealthy lifestyle. “People with higher than normal blood sugar levels are 12 times more at risk in developing full-blown type 2 diabetes,” Diabetes UK chief executive Douglas Smallwood said.

“These people are a ticking timebomb,” Smallwood stressed. “It’s staggering that 7 million people in the UK have prediabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, a serious condition which can lead to long-term complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation, and blindness.”

Prediabetes or impaired glucose regulation is often seen in people who are overweight or obese and most people have a family history of diabetes or also have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Also, research has shown that prediabetes could cause long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulation, even before full-blown diabetes develops.

A total of 2.6 million people in the UK have diabetes, the latest figures show. “But the risk for developing full-blown diabetes can be cut by 60 percent if these people would lose weight, maintain a healthy and balanced diet, and do more exercise,” the charity said.

In addition, Smallwood said that these staggering figures could be lessened if we would implement a program identifying and educating people with prediabetes. “This is vital as it’s not too late for many to make healthy lifestyle changes, reverse the condition completely, and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

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