A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of cardiovascular disease is significantly higher in people with prediabetes. These individuals were found to have up to a 25-30% higher incidence of cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, and stroke as compared to normal populations.
Prediabetes is the often-undetected abnormality in sugar metabolism that eventually becomes diabetes.In addition to cardiovascular disease, prediabetes also predisposes to other complications including kidney disease, vision and other eye problems, and peripheral vascular disease. Treatment control of prediabetes is associated with a decrease in the risk of complications including cardiovascular disease.
Individuals who have prediabetes are not symptomatic and the prediabetic state can only be detected on targeted examination. This study underscores the urgency to diagnose and treat prediabetes in otherwise healthy individuals.
The WorldPath Executive Health Program evaluates clients for diabetes and prediabetes as part of the regular examination. If detected, WorldPath expert physicians are available to treat and help control the prediabetic state in order to decrease the risk for all future complications.