Overweight or a Heavy Smoker? Here Are 2 New Disease Screening Recommendations

Become a positive threat to anything standing in your way of health and happiness.

Overweight or a Heavy Smoker? Here Are 2 New Disease Screening Recommendations

Diabetes and lung cancer are a double threat these days: 34.2 million Americans are contending with the chronic challenges of diabetes and 541,000 living Americans have been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Fortunately, there are two new recommendations that can let you know if you're at risk for either disease, so you can become a positive threat to anything standing in your way of health and happiness.


Prediabetes and Diabetes

If you are overweight, it's smart to get screened for prediabetes or diabetes at age 35, according to a draft of new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations. If you're cleared, get rechecked annually. If you're diagnosed, you can begin to cure or control the conditions with smart lifestyle changes and, if needed, medication.

Quiz: Are You Prediabetic?

Find out if you're at risk for diabetes. www.doctoroz.com


Lung Cancer

These people should get screened for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan: current smokers and ex-smokers who quit within the past 15 years, who are 50 to 80, years old and who have a 20 pack-years history (if you smoked a pack a day for 20 years, or two a day for 10 years).

Optimally, you should have the scan four consecutive years. Need help quitting? Find resources at the Cleveland Clinic here.

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