About 600,000 people in Michigan have Type II diabetes and that number is growing. Forty percent of all adults more than 40 years old have pre-diabetes.
It's a condition where someone's blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Experts say 60 percent of people with pre-diabetes end up getting full-blown Type II diabetes within five to ten years.
But cutting your body fat by exercising and sticking to a healthy diet will help prevent pre-diabetes from turning into diabetes, a disease that must be managed daily and can lead to serious long-term effects like blindness.
If you are overweight and more than forty years old, you should ask your doctor to order a laboratory blood test to determine your risk.
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