Nearly 10 percent of the American population has been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also report that there are over eight million people with diabetes undiagnosed. The Colorado Health Department estimates that in our state, more than one-third of adults and half of all adults age 65 and older, have prediabetes.
This is a health issue you can turn around by making the right lifestyle changes! However, for one-third of people at risk, they will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. With that in mind, you may want to consider getting tested at one of our Spring 9Health Fair locations.
Diabetes Screenings Available
All 9Health Fairs this spring will have a few different ways to identify if you’re at risk for diabetes. Our Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Lynn Sauve, explains, “A1C is a blood test and is one of the screening tools used in Pre-Diabetes screening. The other 2 screening tools used to determine Pre-Diabetes are BMI (Body Mass Index), which is a calculation based on height and weight, and a Risk Screening Assessment that asks questions about your family health history and level of activity then scores your responses.”
If you’re over the age of 18, have a history of diabetes in your family and have problems with your weight, Sauve recommends you have the A1c test. She also suggests you find out your BMI and take the Risk Screening Assessment. She especially recommends you get tested if your mother, father or a sibling has diabetes. You can also get the Blood Chemistry test, which includes a blood sugar test, among the 28 baseline levels it test for.
If any of this sounds like you, Sauve would also like to stress how important it is for you to get checked now. “Pre-Diabetes can be reversed by proper diet and exercise,” she says.
There are many people who have been able to turn their health around before developing type 2 diabetes. If you think you may be at risk, read the inspiring story of Eileen Sokolovic. Hopefully, her story inspires you to get tested. If you are at risk, make the necessary lifestyle changes need so you can live a full and healthy life.