GENESEO, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2023 – November is American Diabetes Month and the Livingston County Department of Health is encouraging residents to learn the risks associated with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to reduce the potential to develop the disease.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than one in three Americans have pre-diabetes, up from 79 million in 2010. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 16 percent of those with pre-diabetes know they have it, but with awareness and simple actions, people with pre-diabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.
“The Livingston County Department of Health works with community partners to provide education on risk factors and to encourage screening regarding diabetes to improve the health of our residents,” stated Jennifer Rodriguez, Public Health Director.
Lifestyle choices and family history help to determine one’s ultimate risk for developing diabetes. Factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:
- Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
- Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin.
- Aim for whole grains with every meal.
- Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.
- Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors and screening, especially if you have a family history or are overweight. For more information on diabetes, please visit the Livingston County Department of Health’s website or call 585-243-7299.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.