Dr. David Marrero, past President of the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. David Marrero, past President of the American Diabetes Association.

MISSOURI – January is prediabetes awareness month and with that thought in mind KMZU’s Ashley Johnson spoke with Dr. Andrew Gurman, the President-elect of the American Medical Association, in a joint interview with Dr. David Marrero, past president of the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Gurman talks about an online assessment that can help you determine if you have prediabetes. Discovering if you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes is very important, as there are simple lifestyle changes that can greatly reduce your risk of developing full on diabetes.

Reports show that there are 1.6 million people in Missouri alone with prediabetes and 90% of those people aren’t aware they have it.

Dr. Marrero explains that there are some simple lifestyle changes that can be done once someone discovers that they have prediabetes to greatly reduce their chance of actually getting type 2 diabetes. He says that you can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes by 60% if you increase your daily active time by 30 minutes and lose 5% of your body weight.

Marrero says that there are no warning signs indicating a person has prediabetes, but there are some major factors people should be aware of. If you are overweight or obese, if a close relative has type 2 diabetes, you come from an ethnic background, you’re elderly or you experiences gestational diabetes; these are all signs that you may be at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Andrew Gunman, President-elect of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Andrew Gunman, President-elect of the American Medical Association.