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Need to know: Are you at risk for prediabetes and diabetes?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 out of 11 people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 1 out of 3 people have prediabetes. And of the adults living with diabetes, nearly 1 in 4 didn’t even know they had the condition.

Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs. Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. However, if not caught early or controlled, 15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

The good news is type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective lifestyle programs.

“Through Ascension’s participation in the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, we are empowering individuals in our community to understand the risks of and be screened for prediabetes and diabetes,” said Lan Ly, MD, Manhattan family medicine physician at Via Christi's Primary Care Clinic on 6th Street. “With modest lifestyle modifications – such as dietary changes and increased physical activity – men and women can decrease the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.”
Diabetes risk factors include:
•    Being overweight
•    Having a parent or sibling who has type 2 diabetes
•    Lack of physical activity (fewer than three times per week)
•    Some ethnic groups are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes
The CDC’s online prediabetes screening test is a short, seven-question test that allows individuals to determine their risk for prediabetes. To get tested for prediabetes or diabetes, individuals should see their healthcare provider.
To speak with a physician at Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan about the risks and screening options for prediabetes and diabetes, please contact our Primary Care Clinic at 785-565-2900.

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Diabetes education, management and support groups are available in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg. Call for more information:

  • Wichita: 316-689-9989 
  • Manhattan: 785-587-5481
  • Pittsburg: 620-235-7812
About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.