Lake County Health Department Offers Online Diabetes Screening

The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center offers advice on preventing diabetes through screening and healthy living. The health department is encouraging residents to take the free Prediabetes Screening Test at www.prediabetesrisk.com as a first step toward determining one’s risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, but it should not replace regular visits with a doctor.

The Prediabetes Screening Test takes less than one minute to complete. Those who score a five or higher are at increased risk for having Type 2 diabetes. They should talk with their doctor to see if additional testing is needed. A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

Catching prediabetes early can help prevent diabetes, which can cause serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Certain risk factors for developing diabetes exist such as age, family history, and ethnic background. African-Americans, Hispanic/ Latinos, American Indians, Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders are at higher risk of developing diabetes.

“The good news is that people can manage their risk for Type 2 diabetes. Small steps make a big difference and can help people live a longer, healthier life,” the Health Department’s Executive Director Tony Beltran said.

Steps to prevent or delay diabetes include:
• Take the Prediabetes Screening Test.
• See your doctor if the test shows you are at risk. See your doctor regularly.
• Ask your doctor to refer you to a Diabetes Prevention Program if you are at risk.
• Get to and stay at a healthy weight.
• Stay physically active at least three times a week. Even walking can make a difference.

Those without health care providers can make an appointment through the Health Department’s Community Health Center system by calling (847) 377-8800.