Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. and a quarter of them do not even know that they have it. Diabetes is a chronic disease in which a person’s body does not produce or properly process sugar. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness and a number of life-threatening medical complications.
Caren Bryant, certified diabetes educator at SIU School of Medicine, says individuals can take a diabetes risk test to determine their chances of having the disease.
Bryant says the individuals who might be at risk for diabetes include those sit at a desk most of the day, don’t get much exercise, and don’t eat a healthy diet.