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Diabetes Remains a Major Health Concern in the U.S.

senior woman with glucometerDiabetes and prediabetes are two of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions. Today, approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes, and about 90 percent of these individuals are affected by Type 2 diabetes. This means that their bodies produce insulin, but cannot use it effectively. Many more adults – about 86 million – are prediabetic, meaning that while they have not been diagnosed with diabetes, their blood sugar level is currently elevated.

Most people think of insulin injections and blood sugar tests when they hear the word diabetes, but the reality is much worse. Diabetes is the seventh most common cause of death in the United States. Co-morbidities include everything from heart attack and stroke to infections caused by poor wound healing. In severe cases, diabetes can cause blindness, kidney damage, and loss of toes or limbs due to poor circulation or nerve damage.

Individuals with diabetes or prediabetes are more likely to have high blood pressure and be overweight. Many people can control their blood sugar by exercising and making healthy lifestyle changes or by taking medication. However, bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, gastric bands, and medical weight loss programs are also recommended.

The physicians at our wellness clinic in Dallas, TX, agree that medical weight loss procedures are especially helpful for adults with a body mass index of 35 or more. Being proactive is the best way to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and to help your body respond to the insulin it produces.