Kidney Test May Also Indicate Risk for Pre-Diabetes
Posted Dec 18 2008 7:35pm
A test for early-stage kidney impairment may also indicate risk for developing pre-diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo and reported on by Medical News Today.
The study, "Elevated Cystatin C Concentration and Progression to Pre-Diabetes," which was published in Diabetes Care, indicated that those subjects with elevated levels of a blood serum protein called cystatin C had a three-fold the risk of developing pre-diabetes than their counterparts with normal concentrations. Cystatin C is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and is an indicator of kidney function.
According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 54 million people have pre-diabetes, a condition indicated by higher than normal blood sugar levels that are not yet high enough to be considered full-fledged diabetes.
As Connie reports extensively in SUGAR SHOCK!, the refined carbs and sugary foods we are typically over-consuming are wreaking havoc on our bodies and blood sugar levels -- and could ultimately lead to type 2 diabetes and increased risk for heart disease, stroke and blindness among other horrible complications.
So these findings present great news since test results could convince some people to change dangerous eating and lifestyle habits even earlier, before they have a chance to do too much more damage.