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Diabetes is a growing concern among many health officials. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes, but 90% are unaware.
  • 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, but more than 8 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
  • Nearly 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the United States every year.
  • More than 10% of adults ages 20 and older have diabetes.
  • More than 25% of adults ages 65 and older have diabetes.
  • Diabetes contributes to more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

Type 2 diabetes, a largely preventable condition, accounts for 90-95% of all cases of diabetes in the United States.

Are you at risk for developing diabetes?

Type 1 Risk Factors

  • Family history of type 1 diabetes
  • Exposure to viral illnesses
  • Presence of autoantibodies
  • Low vitamin D exposure
  • Early exposure to cow’s milk or cow’s milk formula

Type 2 Risk Factors

  • Being overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Ethnicity (African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Asian Americans have a higher risk than other ethnic groups)
  • Age (Seniors have a higher risk than other age groups)

Schedule an appointment with your physician to talk about your risk factors and determine if a blood sugar screening is necessary. If you don’t have a physician, contact Southeastern Med at 740-439-8000 for help finding one or explore our online physician’s listing.