Prediabetes & Prevention North Platte NE

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.

Timothy Owen Wahl, MD
(402) 561-2748
4242 Farnam St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne; Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Associates Pc

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Brenda Troutman Bell, MD
(402) 489-3383
1919 S 40th St Ste 207
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1986

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Nicolle M Mahoney
(402) 483-2886
1500 S 48th St
Lincoln, NE
Specialty
Reproductive Endocrinology

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Paul Edward Steffes, MD
(402) 717-3636
7710 Mercy Rd
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1966

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Alain J Taylon, MD
(402) 717-3636
7710 Mercy Rd Ste 426
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne; Bergan Mercy Med Ctr, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Assoc

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Kevin Patrick Corley, MD
(402) 559-7466
985390 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1972

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Marc Stephen Rendell, MD
(402) 280-4319
601 N 30th St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1972

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Jean Claude Desmangles, MD
(402) 280-4580
601 N 30th St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ D'Etat D'Haiti, Esc De Med Et De Pharmacie, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Graduation Year: 1990

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Kevin P Corley
(402) 559-9800
988095 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology

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Amy Schlichtemeier Neumeister, MD
(402) 559-8700
983020 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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