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Diabetic Alert Day, Locals Spread Awareness

Hear the story of a girl who has lived with diabetes for most of her life.
"I just felt sick all week, nauseous I felt like I was going to pass out." - Brittney McElhaney
The Indiana State Health Department says more than half a million Hoosiers are currently living with diabetes and about a quarter million are considered pre-diabetic. There could be several more living with the disease and not even know it. Every March 25th is American Diabetes Alert Day. People all around the country are using this day so people understand how harmful diabetes is and how to prevent it.

"I found out when I was ten years old," said Brittney McElhaney.

Some people have a greater chance of becoming diabetic than others. However, it doesn’t discriminate against any race, gender or age.

 "I just felt sick all week, nauseous I felt like I was going to pass out," she said.

Brittney McElhaney has been living with type one diabetes for more than a decade. She says she is constantly monitoring her sugar and glucose levels because it affects her everyday behavior.

"I know my lows and my highs. When I get high I have a temper and when I’m low I lose focus and forget where I’m at," she said.

"Sometimes there aren’t any warning signs so that's why Alert Day is so important,” said Susan King, a Diabetic Educator at Parkview Hospital.

"You might not know you have it but there are some signs and symptoms that people do have," she said.

Some warning signs may be fatigue, blurred vision, slow healing infections and high blood pressure and cholesterol.

"People can be very much in denial,” said King. ““I don’t have diabetes I feel fine”. When in reality it’s a very progressive disease it’s not like breaking a bone or getting a common cold. It will suddenly hit you, it develops over years."

Ways to prevent becoming diabetic include getting a few hours of exercise every week along with eating healthy and to lose weight if you are overweight. 

By clicking the link below you can test your risk to Type 2 diabetes and have access to other resources through the American Diabetes Association. 

http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/?loc=atrisk-slabnav

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