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MCL_102167800_women_walking_Ardito_300Half of Asian Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed a new study shows. Early treatment is important to prevent the complications related to diabetes. However, with the correct lifestyle choices type 2 diabetes is often preventable.

Diabetes is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, costing an estimated $245 billion in 2012. This cost is due to the increased use of health resources and lost productivity. In fact the recent prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes, to include type 1 diabetes, has increased during the past decades.

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According to the National Diabetes Education Program, 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes. There are 21.0 million people diagnosed and 8.1 million (27.8%) people undiagnosed.

Don't ignore diabetes photo(1) - CopyThere is good news. Diabetes prevention is proven , possible, and powerful. Studies have shown that people at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Have you wondered if you are at risk for diabetes or been told that you have pre-diabetes? The list below will help YOU determine if you have risk factors for developing diabetes.

  • You are 45 years of age or older.
  • The At-Risk Weight Chart shows your current weight may put you at risk.
  • You have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
  • Your family background is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian types-of-diabetes-02American or Pacific Islander.
  • You have had diabetes when you were pregnant (known as gestational diabetes) or you gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
  • You have been told that your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are higher than normal.
  • Your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, or you have been told that you have high blood pressure.
  • You cholesterol (lipid) levels are not normal: your good cholesterol (HDL) is less than 35 or your triglyceride level is higher than 250.
  • You are fairly inactive (fairly inactive less than three times per week).
  • You have been told you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • The skin around your neck or in your armpits appears dirty no matter how much you scrub it. The skin appears dark, thick, and velvety. This is known as acanthosis nigricans.

If you have any of the items above, be sure to talk with your healthcare team about your risk for diabetes and whether you should be tested.

It is important to find out early if you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Early treatment can prevent the serious problems that result from high blood sugar levels.

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