Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Local Happenings Magazine
Jay H. Shubrook, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP
Professor - Primary Care
Director of Clinical Research & Diabetes Services
Touro University California
If you've ever wondered whether you're at risk for developing diabetes, you should
know these numbers: nearly 2 million American adults and more than 5,000 children
and adolescents will learn this year that they have Type 2 Diabetes. They will be
part of almost 30 million Americans who already have the disease. But did you know
that it's a preventable disease?
Diabetes Type 2 is a common condition that affects nearly 1 in 10 Americans. There are multiple problems in the body with type 2 diabetes. For example, the body is not sensitive to the insulin it makes, the liver makes too much sugar and other organs do not process or use glucose or insulin correctly. Unfortunately these problems are all silent and if left untreated, more than half of the body's ability to make insulin is no longer working. This is why screening is so important.
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