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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Monday, November 7, 2016/Categories: IDPH News, Chronic Disease Prevention

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Approximately one in 11 Iowans has some form of diabetes and about one in three Iowa adults has prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and people with this condition are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and serious diabetes-related complications. It’s important to know if you have prediabetes or diabetes.

“Most people with prediabetes don’t know they have it,” said Katie Jones, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Diabetes Primary Prevention Coordinator. “About one in four people who already have diabetes are also unaware they have it and are at risk for severe diabetes-related complications.”

November is National Diabetes Month. If you have diabetes, IDPH encourages you to work with your health care provider to manage the condition and prevent complications. Talk to your health care provider about attending a Diabetes Self-Management Education program. A list of Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs in Iowa is available at http://bit.ly/DSMEinIA

IDPH also encourages Iowans who do not have diabetes to take a quick one-minute risk test at http://DoIHavePrediabetes.org to determine their prediabetes risk. If you have prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. A list of National Diabetes Prevention Programs is available at http://bit.ly/NDPPinIA

Additional information about IDPH’s diabetes prevention and control efforts is available at http://idph.iowa.gov/diabetes.   

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