Early Detection is the Key to Fighting Diabetes

According to the National Diabetes Education Program, about 1.6 million people ages 20 or older are diagnosed with diabetes each year. It is estimated that 57 million adults aged 20 and older have pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes.

A study done in the United States known as the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) indicated that individuals with elevated blood sugar levels could prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by losing 5%-7% of their body weight and walking for 30 minutes, five days a week.

Are you at risk for Pre-Diabetes?
The diagnosis of diabetes is made by a simple blood test measuring a person’s blood sugar level.

Checking blood sugar levels is a way of measuring how well the body uses glucose, a sugar that is the chief energy source for cells. After a meal, blood glucose rises. A hormone called insulin helps transport the sugar into cells, where it can be used as fuel. Blood sugar then gradually drops back to normal.

Blood sugar levels that remain higher than normal signal two problems: (1) cells are “starving” because they are not absorbing enough glucose and (2) the extra sugar circulating in the blood can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels.
Current guidelines are as follows:

Fasting blood glucose (mg/dl)
<100 normal
100-125 pre-diabetes
>126 diabetes

Random blood glucose (mg/dl)
<140 normal
140-200 pre-diabetes
>200 diabetes

Talk to your NuCara Pharmacist about this simple test. Many of our pharmacist’s are available to administer this screening for little to no cost. Take the first step towards the fight to end diabetes.

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