Dr. Tim Graham explains per-diabetes and how you can work to prevent it.">

Apr 3, 2018 — The biggest health epidemic in the United States right now is pre-diabetes. Forty percent of Americans are per-diabetic and don't even know it. On today's Health Minute, diabetes expert Dr. Tim Graham explains per-diabetes and how you can work to prevent it.


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: One of the biggest health epidemics in the U.S. today is pre-diabetes. Odds are pretty good that you can have it and wouldn't even know it. Dr. Tim Graham is a diabetes expert. How many people actually have pre-diabetes?

Dr. Graham: So we've got right now about 40% of people in the United States affected with pre-diabetes and probably less than 10% of those people even know that they have it. It is asymptomatic, so people really don't have symptoms that would prompt them to go see a doctor to get checked out.

Interviewer: All right. So if somebody has it, what does that mean for their health?

Dr. Graham: The problem with having been diagnosed with pre-diabetes is you got roughly 30% chance of developing diabetes itself. The important thing is this can be completely prevented by taking on some lifestyle modifications. So if you can do some changes where you lost a few pounds and started increasing your activity, you can prevent it by 50% to 70%.

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