Prediabetes: What is it? Could you be at risk?

January 5, 2016

If you have a family history of diabetes or other risk factors that could lead to diabetes, you might want to learn more about prediabetes.

Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective lifestyle programs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 8 million Americans are living with diabetes and don’t know it. Since the 1980s, the number of adults in the United States with newly diagnosed diabetes steadily climbed annually, peaking at 1.4 million in 2014. Since then, the number of new diagnosis is showing a slow decrease each year.

Are you at risk? Take time to learn more from Kristyn Milburn, Mercy APRN, and Tracy Fry, Pittsburg State University nurse practitioner student, during an introductory session on Saturday, January 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Linn County, located at 11155 Tucker Road in Pleasanton.

The session is free and everyone is invited to attend. No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 913-352-8379.

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