From 2000 to 2017, diagnosed diabetes in Kentucky adults nearly doubled from 6.5 percent to 12.9 percent. Kentucky ranks seventh highest in the U.S. for diabetes prevalence. More than 450,000 residents are currently living with diabetes, according to the 2019 Kentucky Diabetes Report.
The disease was the main reason for more than 10,400 hospitalizations and over 16,000 emergency department visits in 2017 alone. An estimated 147,500 adults are living with undiagnosed diabetes based on the national rate.
Getting your blood sugar checked regularly can detect diabetes and prediabetes before type 2 diabetes occurs.
Prediabetes is a serious and normally symptomless health condition that occurs when the body’s blood sugar levels are abnormally high, but not quite high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. It is a major risk for type 2 diabetes. As of 2017, 10.2 percent of Kentucky adults had diagnosed prediabetes; 812,000 adults are estimated to have undiagnosed prediabetes. An estimated 1 in 3 adults have diagnosed or undiagnosed prediabetes.
Certain factors can increase your risk for developing prediabetes or diabetes. These factors include:
- Over age 45
- Family history of diabetes
- Little to no physical activity
- Unhealthy diet and eating habits
Women who have had gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome are at a greater risk of developing prediabetes or diabetes. African-Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans also have a higher chance of developing the disease.
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