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Dangers of Diabetes: Similarities Between this Disease and HIV/AIDS

admin - December 2, 2014



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A new health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that almost 30% of adults who have diabetes are undiagnosed, which is the same rate as individuals with HIV. Another shocking fact is only 20% of diabetes patients are treated satisfactorily, the same percentage as HIV patients.

While these facts are shocking, researchers found similarities between the management of diabetes and HIV.

To start off, both diabetes and HIV require patients to be proactive in managing their disease. The consequences of not doing so, will result in severe complications.

HIV weakens the immune system, which can lead to patients developing other diseases.

Diabetes, if it is not managed correctly, can lead to kidney, heart and brain problems.
 

Gap in Diabetes Care

 
The problem comes from people who are living with the disease and aren’t diagnosed. Millions of people are living with a disease and are unaware, and more are not taking proper medication, or visiting a doctor.

At Life Line Screening, we provide a preventive health screening for type 2 diabetes to help you assess your own personal risk factor. According to new screening guidelines, everyone over the age of 45 should have a diabetes screening.

Screenings help identify risk early, and results should be shared with your doctor so you can work on a management plan.

Our diabetes screenings are quick and easy, and measure your blood sugar levels after 8 hours of fasting. Here is what our test includes:

• Hemoglobin A1c — measures your average blood sugar for the past 2-3 months.
• C-Reactive Protein (CRP) — measures levels of inflammation that indicate higher diabetes risk.
 

Importance of Preventive Health

 
Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.




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