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.