New numbers show almost 30 million people in the U.S. now have diabetes and the numbers are rising. An estimated 79 million American Adults are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Genetics play a role, people who are overweight and sedentary are also at high risk.
A new study is showing there are ways to prevent or slow down the disease. The study followed high risk patients for 15 years and found prevention treatments for diabetes works.
Lifestyle changes percentage wise were twice as effective as medication alone in preventing progression to diabetes. Diet and exercise and the use of the drug metformin were able to prevent the progression to diabetes to a very significant degree.
Complications from diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, amputations, and heart disease.
CBS Correspondent Alison Harmelin has more for today's Smart Woman Report.