Get screened, stay healthy during National Diabetes Month

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 5:55 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - November is National Diabetes Month, and health professionals are encouraging folks to get screened and stay healthy.

Doctors say 12-13% of American adults have type 2 diabetes and project more than 30% will be diagnosed by 2050.

Dr. Dewey Bailey III with Endocrinology Associates of Roanoke says getting screened is easy, and folks can book an appointment with their primary care providers to get a blood test.

Symptoms of diabetes could include fatigue, trouble holding urination and weight loss.

Dr. Bailey says the best way to avoid diabetes is to stay active and keep your body weight under control.

“We live longer, Americans are heavier now than they’ve ever been, so we know obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, it’s a very significant risk factor,” says Dr. Bailey.

With the pandemic, many people have been putting off their regular doctors’ appointments, but Dr. Bailey says it’s very important to get those health screenings to keep up with your body.

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