In an analysis of the trial recently published in Lancet, more than 9300 patients with impaired glucose tolerance and cardiovascular disease or risk factors from 40 countries were given a pedometer and followed for the next 6 years. The ambulatory activity or walking was inversely associated with risk of cardiovascular events. What types of pedometers or similar devices have you tried yourself or recommended to your patients to encourage a more active lifestyle?
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released statistics which compared the evidence of prediabetes in individuals over the age of 20 from 2005-2010. By 2010, one in three U.S. adults (an estimated 79 million persons) had prediabetes. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an estimated 89% of individuals were unaware of their condition. The CDC hopes to bring awareness to the growing population and implement lifestyle programs which include dietary changes, increase physical activity, and modest weight loss to prevent progress of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. How do you bring awareness to younger patients regarding their risk of prediabetes? How do you encourage them to follow a healthier lifestyle?
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