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November is American Diabetes Month

In Kentucky, more than one in seven adults have diabetes, and, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, it is one of the top-ten leading causes of death by disease in the state.

Unfortunately many people are living with undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes. Baptist Health Hardin encourages the community to know their risks and seek guidance from their primary care physician if they believe they may be diabetic or pre-diabetic.

“Many people don’t know they are at risk for diabetes,” said Vanessa Paddy, Nurse Practitioner at Baptist Health Hardin Diabetes Care. “If they are aware they can take steps to lower that risk and improve their health.”

The risk assessment is a short questionnaire on family history of diabetes and dietary and physical activity habits. It will only take a couple of minutes to fill out, but could make a huge difference in the lives of the participants.

“Making simple changes can greatly reduce a person’s risk of diabetes,” Paddy said. “Eating a healthier diet and increasing physical activity will go a long way toward improving overall health.”

Baptist Health Hardin Diabetes Care, recently relocated to 110 Layman Lane, offers medical management, nutritional therapy, diabetes education, and many other services.

The new location is on the north end of the hospital campus, increasing the parking options as well as easier accessibility for patients.

To learn more, call 270-706-5092 or 270-706-5071; or e-mail diabetesmanagement@hmh.net.

For more information on diabetes management or diabetes screening, contact your healthcare provider or visit hmh.net.

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