Research Says Get Pre-Diabetes Treatment Soon
Researchers suggest that pre-diabetes must be treated aggressively because if the treatment is not provided early it will cause health and financial problems later in life.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) says pre-diabetes is more dangerous than it is thought. Most people having the pre-condition feel quite healthy when they are young and don't see the necessity of treating it. However, with age it develops to diabetes and worsens quality of life for most of the elderly.
According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, 56 million Americans suffer from pre-diabetes. Later, the disease causes major problems to most of the elderly. Diabetes leads to blindness, cardiovascular diseases, and kidney failure. In 2007, diabetes expenses accounted for $170 billion in US and affected about 24 million people.
About 25% of people aged from 60 suffer from the diabetes.
Currently, there is no FDA approved drug or program for pre-diabetes treatment, but AACE suggests that drugs are not necessary. There are a few simple steps to control the condition and slow its progression down.
Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, dieting, and regular exercising are the most important steps not only for diabetes patients, but for all those who want to be healthy. Pre-diabetes patients also need to regularly monitor and control blood sugar and cholesterol levels, fight high blood pressure.
AACE urges that pre-diabetes should not be left behind and people need to fight it to avoid further major health complications.
"The important message is that pre-diabetes is not something people don't have problems with," says Dr. Harold Lebovitz, a professor of medicine at the division of endocrinology and metabolism/diabetes at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. "Sure, they don't have any problems when they're 30, but when they're 50, they've had their heart attack and now they have an ulcer on the foot."