How to Check Your Diabetes Risk
If you're nearing 50 or are older, keep an eye out for developing diabetes, a chronic disease estimated to affect 5 million baby boomers.
New American Diabetes Association guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for diabetes and call for regular screening of all people 45 and older. Lifescan, manufacturers of a blood glucose monitoring system for diabetics, offers these healthy lifestyle facts to put the disease -- and its possible avoidance -- in perspective:
--Exercise helps, whether you have diabetes or not. Most people benefit from strength (resistance) training, in addition to cardiovascular workouts such as walking and aerobics.
--People between the ages of 35-49 have a diet containing 38 percent fat -- much more than the desired level -- and nearly three out of four baby boomers' restaurant meals are purchased at a fast-food restaurant. Compared to the rest of the population, baby boomers are less likely to read food labels and to diet than any other group.