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Diabetes Alert Day Aims to Raise Awareness
Nearly 10 percent of Illinoisans have diabetes, and many more go undiagnosed. That's why today is being called Diabetes Alert Day. The goal is to raise awareness about the disease and to encourage you to get checked to see if you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes affects close to 26 million children and adults in the United States. Nearly 1/4 of them don't even know they have it.
"Some things in life we can change, and some things we can't," Springfield Clinic endocrinologist Dr. David Hoelzer said. "One of the big risk factors, that's our genetics, we can't change. But there are other things we can change. We can certainly be more physically active. We can exercise more. And that doesn't mean you have to join a health club. It can be running or a little walk after dinner."
It's estimated that one in three adults has pre-diabetes, which then puts them at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.