Why preventing diabetes should be a priority at all ages

Dr. Archana Dubey. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Dr. Archana DubeyUnitedHealthcare of CaliforniaMore than 96 million Americans live with a potentially life-altering condition – yet many of them are unaware they even have it.That condition is prediabetes, which in up to 70% of cases develops into diabetes. Today, more than 37 million Americans already live with diabetes, which if left untreated can contribute to a host of health issues. In California, 9.9% of adults over age 18 have been diagnosed with diabetes.Diabetes alters the body’s ability to create energy from the food you eat and can develop in several forms. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce insulin on its own, typically due to genetic factors, and accounts for approximately 5% of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes accounts for up to 95% of
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