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:
- 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.