Diabetes is above the national average in our state.
South Carolina has some of the best people on earth. We’re friendly, we’re fun, we know how to cook, and we know how to have a good time. But with all that goodness, we do have some things to work on. The number of our people diagnosed with prediabetes and type II diabetes is exceeding the national average.
As Ann Albright, CDC Diabetes Division director tells South Carolina Radio Network, South Carolina is in the heart of the diabetes belt. She explained, “11 percent of the population of South Carolina has diabetes.” The national average is 9 percent.
These statistics are eye-opening, but those are just the reported diagnosed cases. Most people who have prediabetes don’t even know that they have it, and knowing is the first important step to reducing the risk of future complications.
Signs and Symptoms of Prediabetes and Type II Diabetes
People with type II diabetes commonly report symptoms of frequent urination, increased thirst, tiredness, and blurred vision. Prediabetes, on the other hand, usually has no signs or symptoms. The best way to prevent prediabetes or type II diabetes is to know your risk for diabetes - such as age, weight, and family history, and to make lifestyle changes now. If you are concerned about your risks for either of these conditions, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Simple lifestyle changes you can make now to reduce your risk of developing these conditions are:
- Make healthier food choices.
- Get active and exercise more.
- Lose weight.
There are steps you can take right now to keep your diabetes risk low. Prediabetes is easier to treat than full-blown type II diabetes, so understanding your diagnosis and working toward reversing it could save you years of trouble.Take Back Control Over Your Health Source