The Power of a Prefix: Three Letters That Could Save Your Life

November 7, 2014 8:05 PM

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Pre-diabetes, pre-cancerous, pre-hypertension. Notice a theme? "Pre" often precedes a dangerous or scary-sounding health condition. And while these three letters often are overshadowed by the more daunting word that follows them, the "pre" should be a red flag. In fact, if taken seriously and acted upon, it could save your life.

P -- Prevention. Prediabetes refers to the beginning stage of diabetes, or the precursor stage. The body is not making enough insulin or cannot use normal amounts of insulin (a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in your blood) properly. Blood sugar levels are not normal, but not quite at the...

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