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CDC study shows 29 million Americans have diabetes

Brenda Greene, Southwest Georgia Public Health District Deputy Health Director Brenda Greene, Southwest Georgia Public Health District Deputy Health Director
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A new Centers for Disease Control study shows more than 29-million Americans have diabetes, but a quarter of them don't know it.     

Public health officials in Albany say the rate is especially high in South Georgia partly because too many people here are overweight and don't get enough exercise.  They say signs of diabetes you need to look for include weight loss and fatigue.  

"I think our main message would be for people to just try to have a healthy lifestyle," said Brenda Greene, Southwest Georgia Public Health District Deputy Health Director. "To exercise appropriately, eat a healthy diet and try to maintain their weight and then to get checked."

Diabetics have an increased risk for other health complications such as vision loss, heart disease, and kidney failure.

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