June F. Johnson, Drake University 8:47 a.m. CDT October 26, 2016
Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and another 86 million are at risk.
November is American Diabetes Month: a time to raise awareness about this serious condition, to educate one another on treatment and prevention, and to advocate for those who have diabetes and those who are at risk.
To minimize your risk for diabetes, start by following these five steps:
Know your risk: People do not always have symptoms that warn them that their blood sugars are abnormal, so it is very important that people become aware of whether or not they may be at risk. The American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) has an “Are You at Risk?” test that can be completed online to help determine an individual person’s risks for developing diabetes.
Get regular check-ups with your doctor: With busy work lives and hectic home schedules, people do not always visit their doctor on a regular basis. This may result in delaying effective treatments or lifestyle changes that could prevent early problems from becoming more serious conditions. If you don’t have easy access to a doctor, many pharmacies offer diabetes education and services. Other resources include the YMCA of Greater Des Moines Healthy Living Center in Clive.