According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- 9.3% of 323.13 million people in the United States have diabetes
- 86 million adults have prediabetes
- In Kentucky – 1.2 million people have pre-diabetes, and 108,000 people do not know they have diabetes at all
- In Indiana – 1.7 million people have pre-diabetes and 160,000 people do not know they have diabetes at all
- In Ohio – 3.07 million people have pre-diabetes, and 286,000 people do not know they have diabetes
- In Michigan – 2.7 million people have pre-diabetes, and 1.08 million do not know they have diabetes.
- Though diabetes is a chronic disease, it can be managed and even reversed
Assessing Your Diabetes Risk Level
Knowing your risk level for developing diabetes, is the first step to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. The puppies in the above video will help you determine your risk level, but if you don’t like puppies, click here to access the risk test provided by the American Diabetes Association.
Once you have determined your risk level, the next step is to get tested to determine your blood glucose levels. There are three main ways to get your blood glucose levels tested.
- Fasting Glucose – tests your blood glucose levels after not eating or drinking anything other than water for 8 hours prior to the test.
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Testing – checks blood glucose levels before and two hours after drinking a special drink.
- A1c Testing – measures average blood glucose levels from the past 2-3 months.