Diabetes more common in the Grand Valley

GRAND VALLEY, Colo. (KREX) — Diabetes is becoming more and more common for people of all ages in the Grand Valley. While sugary snacks and obesity are contributing factors, St. Mary’s Diabetes Program Coordinator Katherine Stephens-Bogard says there are multiple contributors and no single cause is bigger than any other.

“Your risk of type two diabetes increases the more of those factors that you have,” St. Mary’s Diabetes Program Coordinator Katherine Stephens-Bogard explains, “So just one you’re at risk yes but the more that you have certainly accelerates the risk.”

Luckily, people diagnosed with prediabetes or identified as high risk may be able to change the result. Dietitian/Diabetes Educators for St. Mary’s Medical Nutrition Therapy consult patients, creating meal plans to help lose weight along with gaining movement & reducing stress.”

Lifestyle changes are the best prescription to prevent or manage all types of diabetes.

“An ounce of prevention is worth 10,000 pounds of cure,” Stephens-Bogard continues, “Preventing it through a modest weight loss, stress management, adequate sleep, regular exercises your best bet.”

When someone has type two diabetes, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center advocates managing what they can control. Patients who manage blood sugar levels and exercise regularly may not need any diabetes medication or bariatric surgery.

“In some individuals, yes, it reverses it so long as they keep their weight off but if that individual, whether they’ve had bariatric surgery or not, goes on to regain weight, the probability of that diabetes coming back goes back up,” Stephens-Bogard explains.

If you want to check your risk for pre-diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, ask your doctor for a pre-dm risk test or access a pen & paper quiz.

Source: Grand Junction Local News | Diabetes more common in the Grand Valley