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Posted on: November 9, 2020

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of early death in Lake County. Living with diabetes can increase your risk of serious health problems.

Diabetes is a challenging disease to control on your own. The Lake County Health Department's Be Well Lake County program helps you work with your primary care team to manage type 2 diabetes and live a healthier life.

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. If you have diabetes, your body is not able to make or respond to insulin properly. Insulin acts like a key to your body’s cells. It moves glucose, or blood sugar, from food to the cells of your body to give you energy. With diabetes, glucose can be trapped in your blood without reaching your cells. Over time, too much glucose in your blood can cause serious health problems. However, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and improve your health.

The earlier people are diagnosed with prediabetes, the more likely that they can reverse it and prevent type 2 diabetes. Take a free online test at doihaveprediabetes.org to see if you are at risk.

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