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We reported this morning how diabetes is spreading throughout the country and how it is important to treat pre-diabetes to avoid problems later in life. Doctors are now taking more aggressive measures in order to help the 57 million Americans at risk of developing diabetes. As Dr. Jon LaPook reports, a healthy diet and exercise are essential.
There is no treatment for pre-diabetes, but as our story says exercise, diet and healthy lifestyle is very important simple measures to treat pre-diabetes and avoid diabetes later in life.
Many people with diabetes are at risk of developing wounds on their feet that just won't heal. They're also at risk of getting hardened arteries in their legs, a condition that can be very painful. These issues are what cause some diabetics and some people with peripheral arterial disease to need amputations. But doctors at Mayo Clinic are using a special boot to help prevent amputations and save limbs.
Stomach-reduction surgery is excellent treatment for severe diabetes.
There are three million more diabetics in The United States in the last two years. It's now estimated there are 24 million American diabetics - that's the eight percent of the population. The vast majority of these are Type 2 diabetics.
A new consumer guide for Hispanic adults who have type 2 diabetes and need information to help them compare various oral medications for their illness, has been released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.