November is National Diabetes Awareness Month!

Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be managed through physical activity, diet and the correct use of insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs. Average medical costs for a person diagnosed with diabetes are about $13,700 per year. About $7,900 of this amount is attributed to diabetes.

The CDC reports: “More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes.” In Wisconsin 9% of adults have diabetes, 34% have prediabetes.

What is Prediabetes? Prediabetes means that you blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through lifestyle changes that include eating healthy, and exercising regularly.

How can you tell if you have Prediabetes? You can take a short online test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org https://doihaveprediabetes.org/ to see if you are at risk.

If you score 3-8 points you are at a low risk now. Keep your risk low by keeping your weight down, exercising regularly, and not using tobacco, eating low fat meals with fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure talk to your health care provider about your risk for type 2 diabetes.

If you score 9 or more points you are at high risk for having prediabetes now and you should see your healthcare provider soon.

You can be tested for Prediabetes by seeing your healthcare provider.

For more information on Diabetes and Prediabetes you can visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes.

If you have any questions feel free to call the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.

 

 

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