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High Country Healthcare encourages diabetes risk test

High Country Healthcare in Summit County is encouraging residents to take a free online diabetes risk test in recognition of the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day campaign Tuesday, March 24.

According to the ADA, nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and 8 million don’t know they have it. An additional 86 million people have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Diagnosis often comes years after the onset of the disease and after disabling and sometimes deadly complications have developed, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

“Much like a fire, type 2 diabetes is easier to prevent or manage with early detection and intervention,” said Dr. Durant Abernethy, High Country Healthcare internal medicine specialist.

People who are overweight, under active, sedentary and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. According to the ADA, one out of every four Americans 65 and older has diabetes, and the disease is becoming more common. Those who are older and non-white have higher risk.

High Country Healthcare has a new diabetes program in Frisco that offers diabetes classes and prediabetes information sessions. The practice also offers individual appointments to address blood sugar testing, medication management, insulin pump training and continuous glucose monitoring.

Abernethy leads the program with certified diabetes educator and registered dietician Gretchen Broecker.

“Patients who are equipped with the tools to manage their disease can live a very healthy life,” said Broecker.

For more information about diabetes or to take the free Diabetes Risk Test (available in English or Spanish) visit http://www.diabetes.org/alert or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). For more information about High Country Healthcare’s diabetes program, call 970-668-5584.

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