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NH1 News Special Report: NH center helping to educate those at risk for prediabetes

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CONCORD – 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, but an estimated 8 million American who have it, do not even know because there is a dangerous middle stage that often goes undetected.

The stage before diabetes, prediabetes, can lay in silence and is much harder to detect. It is estimated that about one in three adults have prediabetes and do not even know it.

Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are between 100 and 125, higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

Here in New Hampshire, the Catholic Medical Center has a certified diabetes resource institute that works with people like Walter and John.

Educators like Lori Muller help N.H. residents through interactive learning exercises on the disease.

“There is a lot of information and some of it is awareness so people take it seriously now, rather than I didn’t know this would happen if I didn’t manage my diabetes,” Lori Muller.

15 to 30 percent of prediabetes develop type 2 diabetes within two years, which carries serious consequences such as the need to amputate limbs.

Other risk factors of prediabetes

-Family History

-Overweight

-45 years or older

-Physically inactive

-Gestational diabetes

For more information on the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester or prediabetes visit the website.

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