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Diabetes on the rise in Southwest Georgia

Person gets their finger pricked, one of the most common ways to test for blood sugar levels. (Source: WALB) Person gets their finger pricked, one of the most common ways to test for blood sugar levels. (Source: WALB)
Julie Joiner, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (Source: WALB) Julie Joiner, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (Source: WALB)
There are a variety of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. (Source: WALB) There are a variety of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Across Southwest Georgia, there's a growing disease you may not even see, but it could be affecting you. 

A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states more than 11% of adults in Southwest Georgia were living with diabetes. 

And 95% of Americans with diabetes have Type II diabetes. 

Phoebe Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Julie Joiner, said risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Over the age of 45
  • African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Live a sedentary lifestyle

She said diet and exercise can, of course, help people not develop the metabolic disease.

"Unfortunately pre-diabetes can run under the radar for quite some time," explained Joiner, "So we encourage patients to keep that yearly wellness check with their physician, let them do a simple finger stick or blood work. Find out what their numbers are."

Joiner said the screenings are crucial because sometimes with diabetes people don't feel differently. 

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