American Diabetes Month: Don't Be 1 in 3

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November is American Diabetes Month – and the statistics for this chronic condition are startling.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 people will develop diabetes. Medical costs are twice as high for those with diabetes and, for adults, the risk of death is 50% higher.  In the United States, 29 million people have diabetes, and yet 1 out of 4 don’t know they have it.

The three main types of diabetes are:

  • Type 1 – your body is not producing needed insulin, so you need to have insulin added.  (Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.)
  • Type 2 – your body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at normal levels. (Nine out of ten people with diabetes have type 2.)
  • Gestational – you have diabetes while pregnant.

Do you have diabetes and not know it?  Are you at risk?

Risk factors include:

  • Weight (being overweight is a significant factor)
  • Age (45 years or older)
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Little or no physical activity (less than 3x a week)
  • Previously having gestational diabetes or giving birth to an infant weighing more than 9 pounds

Given these risk factors, it’s easy to see that for many, diabetes is a preventable disease.  The CDC gives lifestyle change suggestions that could save your life:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Be physically active
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Keep health care appointments

At Greene County Medical Center, there are many approaches to helping you with diabetes diagnosis and treatment:

  • Our full services laboratory offers monthly wellness screenings that can identify potential risks, including your glucose (blood sugar) levels.
  • Our diabetes management staff can help you with counseling/education; make recommendations to control blood sugars; and help you manage other risk factors that could lead to other complications like heart disease, blindness, or kidney disease.
  • Providers at the adjoining UnityPoint Clinic can help you understand lab results and provide recommendations for diabetes prevention or management. 

Diabetes is a significant factor in the health of so many Americans.  Don’t be one who ignores the opportunity to be tested, educated or treated.

There isn’t a better time than during American Diabetes Month to get started.  Call our diabetes management staff today at 515-386-0469 and learn about how we can facilitate your diabetes care.