Mercy’s Dr. Jonathan Rich Discusses Prediabetes Risks and Ways to Treat

February 15, 2022

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Prediabetes can be reversed. It's a condition that, if left unchecked, often leads to Type 2 diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, some 88 million Americans which amounts to more than one in three are living with prediabetes.

More than 84% don't even know they have it.

Prediabetes can increase a person's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

According to Jonathan D. Rich, D.O., a Primary Care Doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians Downtown in Baltimore, the main treatment for prediabetes is lifestyle changes."Trying to eat a well-balanced diet. Routine exercise is also going to be beneficial, and in some cases, you can even try a medication but we try to push for the lifestyle changes," Dr. Rich said.

Dr. Rich added that weight loss and diets like the Mediterranean diet are also effective.

View Mercy primary care physician Dr. Jonathan Rich’s interview regarding prediabetes.

About Mercy

Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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