New study shows number of Americans with diabetes is rising

The future's not looking very bright for millions of Americans.

A new study projects in the next eight years, 77-percent of men and 53-percent of women will have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.

One red flag to watch out for is feeling beat when you eat. If you're often drowsy after dining, it could mean you're diet's too high in simple carbs like sugar and sweet drinks.

Eat more complex carbs like whole wheat, veggies and fruit. The body works harder to break them down which helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

If you're overweight and cutting calories isn't cutting the pounds, beware. It could be a sign your body's becoming insulin resistant. Instead of trying to lose a lot of weight at once try a little at a time.

Studies show losing five to ten percent of your body weight and exercising regularly can prevent or delay diabetes by 60-percent.

Finally, are you an apple or a pear? Being pear shaped is not a big pre-diabetes risk factor, but if you look more like an apple you could have it.

Men with waistlines of 40 inches or more could be in trouble. Women with waistlines of 35 inches or more are also in the danger zone.

There are two tests doctors can use to detect pre-diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association states that if you're overweight and 45 or older, you should be tested for pre-diabetes during your next routine check-up.

If you're under 45 and overweight, doctors may recommend the tests if you have other diabetes risk factors like high blood pressure or family history.


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