Diabetes in Illinois projected to increase 25 pct in next 6 years
is American Diabetes Month
to control your risk
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[November 07, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The percentage of
Illinois adults diagnosed with diabetes rose 60 percent between 1995
and 2010, and it is projected that the number of diagnosed diabetes
cases will rise another 25 percent by 2020. This November, American
Diabetes Month, Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar
Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone to learn the risk factors for
diabetes and how to reduce or eliminate them.
"With more than 827,000 adults in Illinois diagnosed with diabetes
and more than 2,700 residents dying from the disease each year, you
need to know how to control your risk of being diagnosed with
diabetes," said Dr. Hasbrouck. "First, learn your numbers -- weight,
blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels -- and then talk
with your health care professional about what you can do to make
sure those numbers are at a healthy level."
Diabetes is serious
chronic disease caused when blood sugar (glucose) levels are above
normal and a hormone called insulin is not able to help glucose get
into the cells, causing sugar to build up in the blood. When this
happens, it can cause kidney failure, blindness, heart attacks,
strokes and amputations.
Major risk factors for developing
The Illinois adult mortality rate for diabetes in 2010 (the most
recent available data) was 19.5 per 100,000, compared with the U.S.
rate of 22.4 per 100,000. By gender, race and ethnicity, in 2010,
more men than women in Illinois died due to diabetes; more blacks
than whites; and more non-Hispanics than Hispanics.
Signs of diabetes may include:
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According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, medical
expenses attributable to diabetes in Illinois totaled $8.98 billion
and indirect expenses, such as lost productivity and premature
mortality, totaled more than $2.39 billion.
Diabetes prevention lifestyle changes
weight -- Set realistic, yet clinically meaningful weight-loss
Eating healthy --
Talk with a registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes.
Being active -- 30
minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five days a
Controlling your blood pressure and
cholesterol -- Talk with a primary care physician.
For more information about diabetes and to take a test to
determine your risk for the disease, go to
Illinois Department of Public
Health file received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]