Pre-diabetes, the condition associated with metabolic syndrome or syndrome X, is the subject of a new review by European medical experts. The comprehensive document analyses the condition itself, its manifestations and the possibilities for its management in Europe. The onus is on prevention, with the team of clinical experts calling for early identification of pre-diabetes sufferers before they develop full-blown type 2 diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is a major problem in America. Although figures vary, it is estimated that a staggering 40% of 40-74 year-olds suffer from the condition. Furthermore, incidences of pre-diabetes amongst younger citizens are increasing rapidly. Current estimates are that 30% of pre-diabetics will develop the full condition. Manipulation of diet and exercise are key in preventing the onset of type 2. In Europen, the problem is also enormous and mounting. Experts have highlighted a forecast figure of 58.6 million pre-diabetic Europeans by 2025.
Identification of the groups most at risk from pre-diabetes is perceived as a necessity, and the clinical paper’s aim is to assist health care professionals in what will be an enormous task. The paper also sets out a fresh management algorithm through which identification of the risk groups and their treatment is facilitated. The scope and scale of the problem are being recognised.

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