Pre-diabetes is dangerous, but not nearly as likely to cause the complications that can come with diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes:
- is the leading cause of blindness for adults
- is the leading cause of kidney failure
- is responsible for two-thirds of non-traumatic
- lower body amputations
- doubles the risk of stroke
- doubles the risk of early death
But whether these risks are in your future or not is up to you. Pre-diabetes is a call to action. It’s time to reclaim health. Your NP can help you every step of the way.
The path to health is clear. The Diabetes Prevention Program and other large studies show that people with pre-diabetes can often reverse the progress of disease by being physically active, making wise food choices, and reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
Protect Your Vision
High blood sugar can cause the lens of your eye to swell, distorting your vision. Diabetic changes in the blood vessels in your eye can lead to blindness.
You can receive a basic vision screening at your on-site Health Center. If problems are detected, your NP can help with a referral.
Getting regular eye exams is important for everyone. It’s doubly important if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes.