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Why is it important that my family and I be screened for diabetes?
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Michael Vlases, MD answered:
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 11% of the U.S. adult population, with another 20% at increased risk for developing the disease. Diabetes is a state in which the body loses its ability to control blood sugar, the main source of fuel that travels through the blood to all vital organs. The hormone insulin normally controls blood sugar levels very strictly, but as diabetes develops, the body loses its sensitivity to insulin and its ability to increase insulin production when needed.

High blood sugar slowly destroys the small blood vessels in the eyes and kidneys, causes nerve damage in the legs or elsewhere in the body, and puts a person at great risk for heart attack and stroke. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and limb amputations.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that destroys insulin production. Type 2 Diabetes develops mainly in western countries, and is directly related to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. Highly processed foods, particularly those with a lot of carbohydrates, tax the system until it can no longer control blood sugar. Physical inactivity compounds the problem because it slows metabolism and increases the body’s resistance to the effects of insulin.

Screening can identify people in the early stages of diabetes who may be without symptoms. It can also identify people at risk for developing diabetes. Screening is performed with a few simple blood tests. Once identified, diabetes can be controlled or reversed, and risk for diabetes can be reduced. The key to control and prevention is adopting a healthy lifestyle, with careful supervision from your doctor and diabetes educator. Daily aerobic exercise and a diet rich in whole foods and low in processed foods can return many people with diabetes to good health.
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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT MY FAMILY AND I BE SCREENED FOR DIABETES?
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Michael Vlases, MD
MICHAEL VLASES, MD ANSWERED:
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 11% of the U.S. adult population, with another 20% at increased risk for developing the disease. Diabetes is a state in which the body loses its ability to control blood sugar, the main source of fuel that travels through the blood to all vital organs. The hormone insulin normally controls blood sugar levels very strictly, but as diabetes develops, the body loses its sensitivity to insulin and its ability to increase insulin production when needed. High blood sugar slowly...
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WHAT IS PREDIABETES?
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Sebastian White, NP
SEBASTIAN WHITE, NP ANSWERED:
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have a blood glucose level or a hemoglobin A1c level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. However, people with prediabetes have the highest risk of developing diabetes. Fortunately, people with prediabetes can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent through weight loss and increased physical activity. If no action is taken, 25 percent of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes within three to five years. The majority of individuals with impaired...
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WHAT TYPES OF SCREENINGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DIAGNOSING DIABETES?
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Sebastian White, NP
SEBASTIAN WHITE, NP ANSWERED:

Diabetes mellitus is a diseaseresulting in high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood stream. These highlevels of glucose are caused by the body’s inability to produce or properly useinsulin. There are three screening tests for diabetes in non-pregnant persons:the fasting blood glucose test, the hemoglobin A1c test and the oral glucosetolerance test.

The fasting blood glucose test isroutinely done as part of annual lab work with your primary care provider. Theblood sample is taken after no calorie intake for minimum of

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I WAS REFERRED BY DR BENDA IN THE BOZEMAN CLINIC. AFTER A CONSULTATION, I HAVE A QUESTION. IS CORN STARCH SAFE FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES TO USE...
- Christal M Schwartzer
Sebastian White, NP
SEBASTIAN WHITE, NP ANSWERED:
Most foods, in moderation, are healthy for a person with pre-diabetes or diabetes. One tablespoon of corn starch contains 8 grams carbohydrate, this is equivalent to the carbohydrate in 1/2 slice of bread. Since 1-2 tablespoons of corn starch is generally added as a thickener for more than 3-4 servings of a food, it would provide 2-4 grams carbohydrate. Foods providing under 5 grams carbohydrate are generally considered a free food. There are websites where a person can enter all ingredients to...
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