New Prediabetes Campaign Raises Awareness in Quick Test

One in three Americans may have prediabetes, according to estimates by public health organizations.
1:47 | 01/21/16

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have it but don't know it. Dr. Besser on a new campaign to raiseawareness. I was surprised at the Numbers here. Yeah, I mean they're very high. Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar is higher than Normal but not to the level yet that you're called true diabetes. But 30% of people who have that are going to go on within five years to develop type 2 diabetes and don't even know it. Meanwhile they've come up with the test that will give you an idea whether or not you're susceptible. So let's go through it, the CDC is releasing simple tests, we can do it right now. So if you are a man hold up one finger, zero if you are a woman. If you're over 60 hold up three finger, over 50, hold up two finger, over 40 hold up one finger. If you're inactive, just sitting on the couch all day hole up one finger, if type 2 diabetes runs in your family hold up a finger, if you have high blood pressure, hold up one finger, okay, now look at this chart and hold up the number of fingers that is under the picture that looks most like you. Oh, no. Be honest on this one. Okay. So if you're holding up five or more fingers you're at increased risk for pre-diabetes. I'm closer than I thought. One in three people are going to hit five or more fingers. But explain what that means. So if you've got five or more fingers see your doctor and they'll check you to see if your blood sugar is high. The key thing is it's reverseable. With exercise and some weight loss, you're going to reverse this and all you have to do is lose 5% of your body weight. It's not a lot and you can prevent or delay any development of diabetes. That's why it's so important. That is important. You'll be taking questions all morning long on had. I will and posthe T website. You can take the test again at home. All on "Gma's" Facebook page. To Michael.

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