It’s Public Health Week in Kentucky and yesterday, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, is American Diabetes Alert Day. According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health it’s estimated nearly 280,000 adult Kentuckians have been diagnosed with diabetes and around 100,000 Kentucky adults may have the serious disease and not know it.
While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be controlled. That’s why the DPH is encouraging people to take a brief online survey to test their risk of developing diabetes.
Kristina Fante has been living with diabetes since she was four-years-old.
“I’m basically doing about four to five shots a day right now,” Fante said.
Now, she’s a sales rep for diabetic supplies and works to help others diabetics everyday.
“I’m very, very passionate about diabetes and helping people to live a lifestyle where they are not limited by the disease,” Fante said.
While type-one diabetes typically affects children and young adults, type two affects about 95 percent of people with the disease and is generally caused by physical inactivity and obesity.
Community diabetes coordinator, Marissa Vincent said knowing if you are at risk is the first step.
“You can go online and score your risk and if you are at high risk and certain factors weigh more. If you are at risk you are encouraged to be tested once a year through your physician,” Vincent said.
She said diabetes left untreated can cause even more serious health issues.
“If you don’t manage diabetes today, you’re not going to see problems next week, tomorrow or next month. It’s years later where complications to diabetes show their face,” Vincent said, which is why paying attention to symptoms is especially important.
Diabetes symptoms can include frequent urination, feeling tired, thirsty or having a sore that won’t heal. Diabetes is a disease you can control though it will control you if you don’t take control of it.
For more information on diabetes or if you would like to take the online survey to test your risk of developing the disease, log onto www.diabetes.org/risk-test.jsp.
Diabetes Event: Diabetes Self-Management Class