November is a time for giving thanks and enjoying fall’s bounty. November also is National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans.
In Lucas County alone, nearly a quarter of residents 65 and older have been diagnosed with diabetes. Among other Lucas County groups, 21% of both African Americans and Hispanics – and 24% of all residents making less than $25,000 a year – have diabetes, according to the 2013/2014 Lucas County Community Health Assessment.
Plus, among all Lucas County adults diagnosed with diabetes:
- 90% were obese or overweight.
- 71% had been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
- 48% had been diagnosed with high blood cholesterol.
- 43% rated their health as fair or poor.
To both manage and prevent diabetes, Healthy Lucas County is working to connect residents to needed medical care and social services through the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB. Pathways is concentrating on low-income Lucas County residents with or at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and other heart conditions.
Take the test below to see whether you could be at risk for diabetes, and learn more about the disease on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.