WTVO/WQRF - More than 800,000 adults in Illinois have been diagnosed with diabetes. According to a new study, that number could go up drastically.
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health estimates it'll go up 25% in six years, that would put the state over 1 million cases. In 2012, diabetes patients spent nearly $9 billion in medical bills.
"First, learn your numbers - weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels" says Dr. Hasbrouck of the IDPH. "Then talk with your health care professional about what you can do to make sure those numbers are at a healthy level."
Major risk factors for developing diabetes include:
- Physically inactive
- Unhealthy diet
- Tobacco use
- Chronic conditions
- Family history
The IDPH says Illinois men were more likely to die due to diabetes. Blacks were also more likely to die than whites.
Signs of diabetes include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Increased hunger
- Weight loss despite eating more than usual
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing sores or frequent infections
The IDPH encourages residents to watch their weight, eat healthy, be active, and make sure to control your blood pressure and cholesterol.