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One-Third of Americans Are Headed for This Disease and They Don’t Even Know It

Roughly one-third of Americans are on the cusp of Type 2 diabetes, a metabolic disease marked by higher than normal blood sugar. Diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and blindness, yet, according to CNBC, 90 percent — 84 million — aren’t aware that they are prediabetic. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants us to take this condition seriously. Getting an A1C test is the first step to finding out whether you’re prediabetic, the CDC says. An A1C score of 5.7 to 6.4 puts you in that category.

If you think one-third is bad, then know that the CDC predicted this number will become one-half soon. And if that’s not bad enough, the CDC also said three-quarters of those with elevated blood sugar levels at age 45 will go on to develop full-blown diabetes. Think about that for a moment. That’s ONE-HALF who will become diabetic, a disease that ultimately can send you to an early death.

If you think that’s only going to happen to overweight individuals, think again: One-third of slim, but inactive, American adults have prediabetes too. The good news is you not only can stop this before it happens, but even reverse diabetes if you already have it.

The evidence is clear that regular physical activity, which includes exercising and reducing your time spent sitting, is crucial to lowering your risk of diabetes (and treat it if you've already been diagnosed). If you're insulin resistant or diabetic, I also strongly suggest you limit your total fructose intake to 15 grams per day until your insulin/leptin resistance has resolved, and start intermittent fasting as soon as possible. Optimize your vitamin D levels and your gut health, and you can steer yourself away from being a diabetes statistic.
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