Pharmaceutical company Lilly recently announced it has a new drug they say is making significant headway in the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes and their risk of cardiovascular disease. The drug, Jardiance, is a glucose-lowering agent, and according to Lilly, is the only drug that has demonstrated an ability to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In a report by NBC News, doctors admit they’re not sure how the drug is lowering this risk, but it is.
While this is good news for adults with type 2 diabetes, it does not help those with type 1 diabetes or children with either type. It’s also important to stress that the ideal situation is to prevent diabetes from even happening. Those who are considered high-risk for developing type 2 diabetes can delay or avoid the disease from developing altogether by losing weight through regular physical exercise and eating a diet low in fat and calories, according to the Diabetes Prevention Program.
Are You at Risk?
86 million American adults fall into the prediabetes category. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s 1 out of every 3 adults. To find out if you’re at risk for prediabetes, the Denver YMCA Diabetes Prevent Programs (DPP) offers an online assessment through their website. You can also visit one of our Family 9Health Fair’s this fall where we offer two blood tests that can help determine if you’re at risk.
Some general risk factors are:
- Family history of diabetes
- Age (particularly for those 45 or older)
- Lack of exercise
What’s the Difference between Type 1 and 2 Diabetes?
While their symptoms can be similar, type 1 diabetes can be developed at any age, but usually arises during childhood and adolescence. Type 2 diabetes is more common. It too can be developed at any age, but usually occurs in adults over 40. However, last month a Texas toddler made headlines when a doctor presented her case at an international diabetes conference in Europe. At age 3, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The doctor examining the cause of the girl’s condition concluded it was due to poor family nutritional habits (Toddler Adult Onset Diabetes?).
The case highlights the importance of a well-balanced family diet, particularly for the prevention of diabetes and obesity. Take a moment to evaluate your family’s diet – is there room for improvement? If so, take action now!
If you need help adding better meals to your family’s menu, visit our Facebook page, where we commonly share healthy recipe ideas!