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Reminders to carry with you about diabetes prevention and care

Four words you shouldn’t ignore
If your doctor said you have “a touch of sugar,” it could mean you have pre-diabetes: a blood-glucose level that’s higher than normal but not yet diabetes. And that’s serious.
The American Diabetes Association warns that some damage to your body — including your heart — may already be under way. “There is no such thing as a touch of sugar that is not harmful,” said Dr. Guenther Boden, chief of the division of Endocrinology at Temple University Hospital.
If you go on to develop full-blown diabetes, you could double or quadruple your risk of dying from heart disease, among other dire consequences.
The good news: At the pre-diabetes stage, it’s possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes by making healthier food choices, losing 7 percent of your body weight and walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
We know you can do it. The big national medical study that proved it, known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, included 155 participants from right here in Philly.

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