Mary Alice Reporting:

(Wednesday, November 28th) Ohio – As we continue through the holiday season, officials are bringing awareness about diabetes.

In Ohio, over 1 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, a condition in which the body cannot properly break down food into glucose, causing a disconnection of getting the energy into cells.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases notes that risk factors include a family history of diabetes, as well as obesity.

“This obesity epidemic in this country is really pushing the obesity epidemic. Also, people from certain and racial-ethnic groups are at greater risk.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 40% of certain populations of children and adults are obese and are at very high risk.

“The risk of children, between the ages of 10 to 19, is also going up and over the last several years, unfortunately, we’re seeing kids who are developing diabetes.”

Rodgers points out that keeping up a healthy diet, drinking water instead of soda or juices, and maintain an active lifestyle are prevention measures that everyone can take.

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