Top 5 Health Risks in the US

As the work week winds to a close, ARCpoint labs invites you to look at the top five health risks across the country. As part of Healthcare Risk Management week, we encourage you to learn more about these risks. Understanding the health risks you face is key to minimizing them in the long run.

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Gauge Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes With Prediabetes Testing

In last week’s post, we outlined the links between prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. This week, we are looking at the preventative steps you can take to lower your risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes, which includes prediabetes testing.

What exactly is prediabetes testing, how does it work, and why should you do it, anyway? Here are the details.

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The Link Between Prediabetes & Type-2 Diabetes

A recent study by researchers at Tel Aviv University reveals that over 79 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes. If the prediabetes progresses into full-blown type-2 diabetes, these Americans could have trouble regulating their carbohydrates, fat metabolism, and blood sugar levels, plus they’ll have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

But there’s some good news out of the study, too — Dr. Nataly Lerner, Dr. Michal Shani and Shlomo Vinker found that the A1c blood screen, a common diabetes test, can catch at-risk people with prediabetes much earlier than previously thought. This means that individuals predisposed to Type-2 diabetes can make lifestyle changes to prevent the disease from progressing.

But what exactly is prediabetes and Type-2 diabetes — and why are they important to treat? This week, we’re answering those questions — and in part 2 of our prediabetes series, we’ll explain how diabetes testing can help prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes.

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