Northwest Iowa — This is diabetes awareness month.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, approximately 1 in 11 Iowans has some form of diabetes and about 1 in 3 Iowa adults has prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. They tell us type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and people with this condition are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and serious diabetes-related complications. IDPH doctors tell us it’s important to know if you have prediabetes or diabetes.
Dr. Griffin Rodgers, a renowned diabetes researcher, says identifying diabetes early and properly managing the disease can help prevent a host of health problems. Rodgers says the biggest obstacle is, many people have diabetes and don’t know it.
Officials tell us that Iowans need to pay attention to their health and make visits at least once a year to their physician for check-ups. That doctor should be able to help spot the development of diabetes before conditions worsen.
IDPH encourages Iowans who do not have diabetes to take a quick one-minute risk test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org  to determine their prediabetes risk. If you have prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. A list of National Diabetes Prevention Programs is available by clicking here. 
November 13, a free event featuring health screenings, A1c testing and a presentation by the founding president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, Dr. William Polonsky, will be held. Anyone affected by prediabetes or diabetes is invited to attend the health fair at the Hy-Vee at 2540 East Euclid Avenue in Des Moines. November 14, the 2019 Diabetes and Wellness Summit will be held for healthcare professionals. The summit will provide an engaging forum to discuss latest practices, opportunities, resources and tools for addressing diabetes prevention, control and management. Visit this link to register .
Additional information about IDPH’s diabetes prevention and control efforts is available at idph.iowa.gov/diabetes .