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Diabetes called to attention on National Alert Day by Atrium Health Navicent

MACON, Georgia (KBTV)- Atrium Health Navicent Diabetes Healthways encourages individuals to learn more about diabetes and ways of combatting the chronic disease by observing National Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Diabetes, a condition affecting an estimated 537 million people worldwide, is a metabolic disease in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin to regulate glucose levels in the bloodstream. Many cases of diabetes go undiagnosed. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious and life-threatening conditions including blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and amputation.

National Diabetes Alert Day

• Tuesday, March 22, 2022
• The American Diabetes Association has dedicated this day to encouraging Americans to take a Type 2 Diabetes
risk test.
• Visit to determine your risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr. Anusha Ramadhas, an internal medicine, endocrinology diabetes & metabolism doctor with Atrium Health Navicent says “National Diabetes Alert Day is a great reminder of the importance of knowing your status. Approximately 96 million American adults, more than 1 in 3, have prediabetes. If you do have higher than normal blood sugar, lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other health conditions. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, Atrium Health Navicent Diabetes Healthways can help you learn how to better manage your blood sugar and live your best life.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 37.3 million Americans have diabetes. That’s 11.3 percent of the population. In central Georgia, 17.2 percent of adults have reported being diagnosed with diabetes. Between 2016 and 2018, there was an annual average diabetes mortality rate of 19.5 deaths per 100,000 people, with numbers significantly higher in Peach and Baldwin counties. Diagnosed cases of diabetes are surging among youth in the United States. From 2001 to 2017, the number of people under age 20 living with Type 1 diabetes increased by 45 percent, and the number living with Type 2 diabetes grew by 95 percent.

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