At home games, the Cleveland Browns blast out a pregame playlist of songs that players and fans have requested to get cranked up for the game. Last season, outside linebacker Paul Kruger chose Rich Homie Quan's "Flex," and cornerback Joe Haden opted for Yo Gotti's "Rihanna."
If only a list of prediabetes risks would crank up the 86 million North Americans who have that condition and provide foot-stomping motivation for them to win the battle against it.
Prediabetes isn't to be ignored: It increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, impotence, and signs of aging, dementia, and cancer, as well as diabetes.
If you're overweight, 45 or older, have triglycerides above 250 mg/dL, HDL cholesterol below 35 mg/dL, high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes, or had gestational diabetes, you should have your blood glucose levels checked.
Fasting plasma blood glucose in the 100 to 125 mg/dL range and a reading of 140 to 199 mg/dL two hours after an oral glucose tolerance test indicate prediabetes.
If you have prediabetes, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight and walking an extra 150 minutes a week can cut your risk for developing diabetes by 58 percent.
And a new study indicates that if you reverse fatty liver disease (80 percent of people with full-blown diabetes have fat in the liver) by cutting processed carbs and losing weight, you may help reverse prediabetes, too.
Then you'll be ready for whatever your next big game demands.
Posts by Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.
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