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Prediabetic guidelines released

New guidelines released by the Canadian Diabetes Association advise doctors how to help patients with prediabetes to stop the condition from converting into type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is the state in which blood glucose levels are above normal but have not reached that of diabetes.

The guidelines

The Canadian Diabetes Association 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines are published only once every 5 years.

The 2008 guidelines highlights the need for doctors and patients to stay on top of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes to help prevent and manage heart disease.

They recommend lifestyle changes such as; weight loss, healthy eating, quitting smoking and getting regular exercise. The guidelines also suggest medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels may be needed.

Those who wrote the guidelines say …

Dr. Gillian Booth from Toronto helped create the recommendations said, “We know that the risk of heart disease starts before people get diabetes, so certainly people who have prediabetes are going to be at increased risk. They may have some of the other risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or abnormal lipids (blood fats).”

She added, “Fortunately, there are recent studies suggesting that the risks of heart disease can be reduced by over 50% in people with diabetes using a combination of approaches, including lifestyle measures and control of blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors.”

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