MURRAY, KY (12/23/11) – As 2011 draws to a close, more residents than ever in Kentucky are finding themselves facing diabetes, according to the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.
A fact sheet recently released by the organization shows 10 percent of Kentuckians are estimated to have diabetes compared to only 6.5 percent in the year 2000. In addition, diabetes is becoming more prevalent among younger adults.
“In 2000, only 1.7 percent of Kentuckians aged 35-44 had diabetes but that number has jumped to 5.5 percent,” said Ann Ingle, Diabetes Educator at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. “Compared to other age groups, that is a significant increase.”
Adults aged 65 and older also are being diagnosed with diabetes more frequently, with 20.4 percent currently diagnosed compared to 14.1 percent in 2000. The report cites higher obesity rates and lower physical activity rates in Kentucky as contributing factors to the increasing prevalence of diabetes.
In addition, the report states out of the 59 percent of Kentuckians tested for diabetes in 2010, seven percent showed signs of “pre-diabetes,” which can progress to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. A change in lifestyle such as eating habits and exercise can usually prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
“Diabetes is very manageable if treated properly and quickly,” Ingle said. “It is important to see your doctor and make sure you are taking the right steps to avoid diabetes or doing what you can to minimize the impact. Kentucky has excellent diabetes care compared to the nation, but the first step is becoming educated on how to prevent and treat the disease.”
To learn more, call the MCCH Center for Diabetes at (270) 762-1854, or visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org.
Information provided by Kyser Lough
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