Pre-diabetes: High risk, low awareness

A new report from the Centers for Disease A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while more than 20 percent of adults 45 and older are believed to have pre-diabetes, fewer than 11 percent were diagnosed with the condition. (March 1, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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What you don't know can hurt you.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while more than 20 percent of adults 45 and older are believed to have pre-diabetes, fewer than 11 percent were diagnosed with the condition. Making matters worse, very few adults said they even knew the term "pre-diabetes." The CDC notes that anyone with pre-diabetes is at a high risk for developing type-2 diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.

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Major risk factors for pre-

diabetes include having a family history of diabetes and being overweight and physically inactive. Pre-diabetes typically has no symptoms.

The CDC has more information online at

bit.ly/CDC-prediabetes.

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