You’ve probably heard that diabetes incidence is soaring. Is this mainly a concern if diabetes runs in your family? Or is it if you’re overweight – and if so, how overweight is overweight enough to put you at risk? Some people have told me they’d rather not know they’re more likely to develop diabetes, because they’d rather not live with the worry hanging over their head.
Well, research has brought important news. With 79 million Americans estimated to have prediabetes – more than one in three adults — holding on to misconceptions about prediabetes and diabetes prevention puts your health at risk. Continue reading
OK, call me a Pollyanna, but some good can come from realizing the increase in cancer risk linked to type 2 diabetes. By supplying evidence of an important pathway in cancer’s development, we have more clarity on steps that can have double impact, decreasing risk of diabetes and all its complications AND decreasing cancer risk at the same time.
Last week I was fortunate to speak on this topic as part of a webinar for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). My co-presenter was the distinguished Canadian researcher in this field, Michael Pollak, M.D. Don’t get me wrong – the diabetes-cancer link is worrisome, since the skyrocketing rates of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. suggest that in years to come, rates of diabetes-related cancers could soar as well. Today, though, let’s focus on the silver lining: if we act now to create a few basic changes in lifestyle and eating patterns, we might still turn this Titanic around in time. Continue reading