Health officials encourage blood glucose tests

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Health officials are encouraging people to get tested for diabetes during Diabetes Alert Day.

March 26 is a one-day “wake-up call” focusing on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding people’s risk.

The Indiana State Department of Health said nearly one in four adults living with diabetes are unaware they have the disease. Additionally, nine out of ten adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

There are two types of the disease. The department said Type 1, previously called juvenile-onset diabetes, develops when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make insulin. There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes.

Type 2, or adult-onset diabetes, occurs when cells do not use insulin properly. The department said as the need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce it. Type 2 diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes and physical inactivity.

“Visiting your healthcare provider to have your blood glucose checked regularly is extremely important,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “Armed with that knowledge, you can work to prevent or delay the onset of the most common type of this serious and potentially life-threatening illness.”

People can find out if they are at risk for diabetes by taking the CDC’s online Prediabetes Screening Test at www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/takethetest/. Individuals whose screening shows they are at high risk can join a diabetes prevention program. A list is available at www.preventdiabetes.isdh.in.gov.

Jacob Burbrink

Jacob Burbrink

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