"Over 8 million Americans have diabetes, but 1-in-3 Americans have Pre-Diabetes," explains Ansleigh Rowan, a Certified Diabetes Educator from Hendrick Medical Center.
Pre-Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not as high as a patient with diabetes. So how do you know if you're at risk?
"Symptoms of high blood sugar are usually that you are very thirsty all the time, you go to the bathroom a lot, and you don't seem to have any energy anymore," says Rowan.
According to Rowan, more serious cases of diabetes can lead to stroke, heart disease, early kidney disease, among other complications. All of which, Rowan says, can be prevented.
"Diet and exercise, and lifestyle changes are the biggest things," Rowan explains. "It's very common for it to be genetic, so getting your lifestyle in order, diet and exercise, being active, eating the right things are all big ways you can help prevent diabetes."
Connect with Hendrick's Education Workshops:
Tuesday, March 27th
Aux. Conference Room A