Approximately 1 in 11 Iowans has some form of diabetes and about 1 in 3 Iowa adults has prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and people with this condition are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and serious diabetes-related complications. It is important to know if you have prediabetes or diabetes.
“Most people with prediabetes don’t know they have it,” said Julie Klein, Myrtue Medical Center’s Dietitian. “That is why it is so important to at least annually have your blood glucose checked, especially if you have increased risk factors.”
IDPH encourages Iowans who do not have diabetes to take a quick one-minute risk test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org to determine their prediabetes risk. If you have prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. A list of National Diabetes Prevention Programs is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
On Thursday, November 21, a free educational event sponsored by Myrtue Medical Center and the Harlan Lions Club featuring a presentation by Julie Klein, Myrtue Medical Center’s Dietitian, and Jan Hastert, Myrtue Medical Center’s Diabetes Educator and Health Coach, will be held at 12:00 p.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. in the Auble Room at Myrtue Medical Center. Interested individuals can also have their glucose checked at no cost if they desire at either session. The Lions Club will provide a healthy snack and door prizes.
Additional information about the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH’s) diabetes prevention and control efforts is available at http://idph.iowa.gov/diabetes.