Ohio now on list by AMA for pre-diabetes programs

Ohio now on list by AMA for pre-diabetes programs (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The American Medical Association has just announced that Ohio is on the list of eight additional states now being targeted for diabetes prevention.

The goal is to help people find out about risks before they are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Nine out of ten people are living with pre-diabetes symptoms, and don't know it. So the AMA says the goal is to hold special education and screening events.

They hope to help cut in half the risk that these symptoms will progress to the real thing.

Endocrinologists at St. Elizabeth Healthcare say that preventing blood sugar swings may make a difference in extending your life.

There aren't a lot of long term studies on the subject yet.

“There have been some short-term studies particularly in the inpatient area, where we showed that when we are able to maintain even blood glucoses people do better in regard to mortality and cardiovascular disease so we think that will extend to the long term,” said Dr. Brad Eilerman of St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

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