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03.01.07

Detecting Diabetes

Millions of people have a condition that puts them on a path to diabetes, but are not aware of it.

Noelle Gardner explains why pre-diabetes is a growing concern.

Aaron Bilter uses his chemistry skills at work.

But it was chemistry of another kind that convinced him to get tested for pre-diabetes.

He says, "I was about to get married. I've been putting it off getting tested for as long as I could, and I decided to, to take the plunge."

Doctor Cesar Arias explains why people need to be proactive.

"When you have pre-diabetes with a strong family history that doesn't mean that you are necessarily going to develop diabetes. You make the changes that you need to make you may not develop the disease."

Doctor Arias, says millions are unaware they're flirting with diabetic danger.

"The importance of pre-diabetes is that there is 41-43 million people with a precondition now and it is risky for that population because it can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke."

"If you lose weight 5 to 10% of you body weight you can prevent diabetes by 58%."

A simple blood test can check for pre-diabetes, and give you a chance to take corrective action.

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