What Is “Prediabetes”? (with Greg Dodell, MD)
What comes to mind when you think of “metabolic disease”? It seems as though terms like “metabolic disease” and “metabolic health” are everywhere in social media.
Are we talking diabetes? Thyroid dysfunction? Is this just a new way to package and market the diet/weight loss industry? Is it all about the number on the scale??
Today we will dive into a few facets of metabolic health, and we will focus specifically on “prediabetes”.
According to the CDC:
- Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
- Approximately 96 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes.
- Of those with prediabetes, more than 80% don’t know they have it.
- Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
How can we know if we are at risk for prediabetes? Is it all genetic? Are there things we can control to reduce our risk? Are there system-based changes that can be made in the American healthcare system that can help folks improve their risk of developing metabolic disease on a large, population-based scale?
Thankfully, we have our friend and renowned expert in the field of Endocrinology to help us understand more!
Welcome, Greg Dodell, MD, FACE!
Dr. Dodell is a board-certified Endocrinologist. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his internal medicine and endocrinology Fellowship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, affiliated with Columbia University. He is in private practice at Central Park Endocrinology, PC.
He also is active on social media ( Everything_Endocrine on IG), where he posts wonderfully helpful information about metabolic health. He supports weight-neutral healthcare, combats toxic diet culture, and is active in campaigning for legislation to end size discrimination.
His testimony in February of this year at NYC City Hall helped pass a bill banning body size discrimination in the workplace, and added weight and height as protected classes under NYCs Human Rights Law!
Dr. Dodell and Your Doctor Friends recommend the following resources to learn more about prediabetes and metabolic disease:
The American Academy of Clinical Endocrinology website.
Dr. Dodell’s practice, Central Park Endocrinology website.
NAAFA: National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance’s research on fat bias in the news.
DOVE’S website on supporting the movement to end body size discrimination.
NYC official website covering the signage of legislation to prohibit height/weight in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
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