Prediabetes & Prevention Bremerton WA

The problem of prediabetes, defined as overly high blood sugar (a fasting glucose level of 100 to 125 milligrams per deciliter or a two-hour glucose reading of 140 to 99), isn't just that it's the stepping'stone to the full-blown disease.

Anthony Ray Hoovler
(360) 782-3700
2512 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Jack A Birnbaum
(360) 782-3700
2512 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Mary Margaret H Pretzer, MD
(360) 373-9601
7318 NW Ioka Dr
Silverdale, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1973

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Leroy T Jackson, MD
1 Boone Rd
Bremerton, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1978

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Gerard S Letterie, DO
(206) 283-1848
810 W Blaine St
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wa; Univ Of Washington Med Ctr, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Virginia Mason Medical Center

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Anthony R Hoovler, MD
(360) 782-3700
2512 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine: MD: 1992
Graduation Year: 1992

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Saad Khalil Al-Agba
(360) 692-8588
9615 Levin Rd Nw
Silverdale, WA
Specialty
Pediatric Endocrinology

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Jack Aaron Birnbaum, MD
(360) 782-3700
9398 Ridgetop Blvd NW
Silverdale, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1982

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Elaine Chin-San Tsai, MD
(206) 277-3146
7118 36th Ave SW
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1988

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Robert S Mecklenburg
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Heal Thyself - Spotlight on Prediabetes

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By Christie Aschwanden

When Karen Bouse was in her late forties, a series of puzzling dizzy spells sent her to the doctor’s office. It turned out the dizziness was linked to stress, but the blood tests her doctor ordered yielded an unpleasant surprise—Bouse was prediabetic.

Like most of us, Bouse was well aware of the epidemic of diabetes that’s been wreaking havoc with the health of some 18 million Americans. But she was taken aback to learn that another 41 million of us suffer from prediabetes—a condition that’s risky in its own right—and that she was one of them.

The problem of prediabetes, defined as overly high blood sugar (a fasting glucose level of 100 to 125 milligrams per deciliter or a two-hour glucose reading of 140 to 99), isn’t just that it’s the stepping-stone to the full-blown disease. A study of more than a million people published last January found that just being prediabetic was linked to developing, and dying from, several types of cancer. “And simply having blood sugar levels in the prediabetic range puts people at 50 percent greater risk of heart disease or stroke,” says Massachusetts General Hospital dietitian Linda Delahanty, author of Beating Diabetes.

For Bouse, now 62, these statistics hit close to home. Her diabetic mother had her first heart attack at age 56 and died at 62. Among her five siblings, Bouse is the only one who hasn’t either developed diabetes or suffered a heart attack.

That’s largely because she was lucky enough to have gotten tested early—something more of us should be doing, says endocrinologist Robert Rizza, president-elect of the American Diabetes Association. Since prediabetes lurks silently, most people who have it don’t have a clue they’re in danger. If you’ve been steadily gaining weight that you can’t seem to shed, don’t exercise regularly, have a family history of diabetes, or are over 45, you should have your blood sugar checked, then rechecked every three to five years.

And if it’s high, what then? At least there’s one bright spot in this dreary picture: Prediabetes can be reversed, without resorting to medication. Here’s what you need to do.

Get moving
One of the simplest ways to move yourself out of the prediabetic category is to, well, move.

A landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 showed that building even a little exercise into your day (along with dietary changes, more about which later) can substantially cut blood sugar levels.

The trial, known as the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), enrolled 3,234 prediabetic people to examine whether diabetes could be prevented. The participants were assigned to one of three groups. One took the diabetes drug metformin, another group got a placebo, and the third started exercising and tweaked their diets.

The results were so dramatic that researchers stopped the trial early so that everyone in the study could take up the lifestyle program. People in the diet and exercise group reduced their...

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