Health Department Talks Diabetes, Offers Tips

Marking November as the National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Lake County Health Department is urging people to take a free prediabetes screening test to determine the risks for developing Type Two diabetes.

The test can be taken at doihaveprediabetes.org. It takes less than one minute to complete. Those whose scores show that they are at risk should talk to their doctor to see if additional testing is needed, the health department said.

Small steps can make a big difference and can help people live a longer, healthier life.”Mark Pfister, LCHD interim executive director

Catching prediabetes early can help prevent the disease which can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower extremity amputations.

Pointing out that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, Mark Pfister, the health department’s interim executive director, said, “The good news is that people can manage their risk for Type Two diabetes.

“Small steps can make a big difference and can help people live a longer, healthier life,” he added.

Additionally, Pfister provided the following tips to prevent or delay diabetes:

·       Take the prediabetes screening test

·       See your doctor if the test shows you are at risk. Visit your doctor regularly.

·       As your doctor to refer you to the Diabetes Prevention Program, if you are at risk.

·       Get to a healthy weight, and stay there.

·       Perform physical activity at least three times each week. Walking can make a difference.

Those without a health care provider can make an appointment through the Health Department’s Community Health Center system by calling 847.377.8800.

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