Iowa health officials: One in four Iowans have prediabetes

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC)- Diabetes is more prevalent than you probably think. 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. As part of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Iowa health officials are sending out more information on the disease.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and people with the condition are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and serious diabetes-related complications. Katie Jones is the Iowa Diabetes Primary Prevention Coordinator and says part of the problem is that many people have the disease, but don’t know it.

“About one in four people who already have diabetes, are also unaware they have it and are at risk for severe diabetes-related complications,” she added.

If you have diabetes, it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to manage the condition and prevent complications. A list of Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs in Iowa is available at http://bit.ly/DSMEinIA.

If you do not have diabetes, you can a quick, one-minute risk test at http://DoIHavePrediabetes.org to determine your 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.

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