Overweight adults are being asked to get tested for Type 2 Diabetes by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The organization is warning all overweight adults that even if they have no history of diabetes they should screen themselves as soon as possible for the disease.
This new advice is being aimed at all overweight individuals with ages between 40 and 70. They are warning people that even if they do not show any symptoms of the disease they should still go get checked out.
After these tests are done all people who have a blood sugar level above the average will be advised to change their lifestyle. They should try to watch what they eat and focus on a better dietary program. Eating less things which are heavy in sugar and regular physical exercise is recommended in order to avoid or at least delay the advance of the disease.
They are warning that the most important factor to lower the chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes is losing weight. They are emphasizing this information because the country is facing a real epidemic of overweight citizens which could endanger their lives in a wide variety of ways.
They have also stated that a proper diet and regular exercise will also help with other health problems that might arise. It will reduce the chance of heart problems which are also prevalent among people who have trouble with their weight.
The American Diabetes Association have said that while they are thankful for this advice they are not exactly pleased. They have stated that this new recommendation is not up to the international guidelines for the disease. Their main concern is that they are only focusing on people in the 40-70 age group, implying that they are the only ones at risk of this disease.
Apparently this is completely wrong since adults aged 20-44 years old have a diabetes rate which is almost 60 percent more than the entire adult population.
They also added that around 86 million adults living in the U.S. have blood sugar problems. If they don’t do anything about this situation they are warning people that around 15-30 percent of the population might develop Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years which could be a disaster.
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