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Diabetes awareness in Mississippi: how to assess if you need to be checked for diabetes

November is Diabetes awareness month in Mississippi and here’s some information on the signs of pre-diabetes, type one, or type two diabetes, as well as, ways to combat diabetes.

Irena McClain with the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation said that stress is often linked to diabetes.

McClain said that there are a number of individuals with pre-diabetes who are at risk for heart attacks and strokes.

She said that Diabetes often goes unchecked because the symptoms are so subtle.

“We are no longer a group that goes out there to exercise… It kind of creates a perfect storm,” said McClain.

McClain added that people often associate diabetes with having to stop living their lives, however, she said that this is not the case.

“I think that that’s something a lot of people just associate we’re getting older therefore it’s normal that we’re getting tired and I really do think, you know you don’t have to hang it up just because you’re over 45 or something,” said McClain. “You can be very energetic through your eighth and ninth decade.”

Mary Fortune, Executive Vice President of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, chimed in to say that education is one of the most important things when it comes to managing diabetes

 

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