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

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 Reccommendations

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?

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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.

Type 2 Diabetes Can Really Up Your Dementia Risk — What to Do About It

A new study says having type 2 diabetes for more than a decade by the time you're 70 doubles your risk of the disease.

A new study published in JAMA has found dementia is a major complication of diabetes. In fact, if you turn 70 and have had type 2 diabetes for more than a decade, you've doubled your risk for dementia compared to folks who are diabetes-free at 70. And, say the researchers, for every additional five years earlier that you were diagnosed with diabetes, (say at 55 instead of 60), there's a 24% increased risk of developing dementia.

Now, we know that controlling — even banishing — diabetes can seem daunting. There are plenty of ways and opportunities for us to remain sedentary, eat sugary, fatty snacks, increase metabolism-damaging inflammation and darken your future. But there is a way to make sure your inner light doesn't fade.

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