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Researchers are promoting a risk assessment when determining if otherwise healthy men (and women) might be at future risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Risk factors include family history, blood fats levels, and body mass index, in conjunction with blood glucose measurements. Diabetics can be assessed and diagnosed with fasting blood sugar levels which are taken 8 hours after the patientís last meal. High blood glucose levels indicate that the person has an insensitivity to insulin, implying a pre-diabetic or diabetic diagnosis. Physicians hope to make diagnosis more accurate by incorporating the greater genre of risk factors as early detection of pre-diabetic states can prevent the insidious affect of high blood sugar levels on organs in the body, including the eyes (blindness), kidneys (failure) vascular system (atherosclerosis) and nerves (neuropathy). Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and cured with weight loss and an active lifestyle.

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Date: 31 October 2005


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