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Diabetes rates continue to rise, Vigo County over 14 percent

November is National Diabetes Awareness month.

Posted: Nov 3, 2017 6:39 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - November is National Diabetes Awareness month.

As diabetes rates continue to climb, health experts want to remind you to watch what you eat.

The state of Indiana's diabetes rate is over ten percent. Vigo County alone is over 14 percent.

19-year-old Brandon Cochran has lived with diabetes for most of his life. He was diagnosed when he was just two years old.

"And then they ended up saying, 'We don't want to scare you but we're gonna Lifeline your son to Riley Hospital. He may have diabetes'," said Cochran.

Brandon has Type 1 diabetes. It's the genetic type of the disease.

Type 2 is mostly preventable and there are actions that you can take to not get the disease.

Brandon's best advice is to take care of yourself.

"Don't be afraid to do your research. Don't guesstimate on your stuff. Try to figure out what is in it," said Cochran

Doctors at Union Health say one in 11 people in the world have diabetes. That's why it is so important to check for signs in your own health.

Dale Voges is the manager for diabetes at Union Health. She says patients will have symptoms like feeling tired, a frequency in urination, or bruises that won't heal.

"Check in with a provider and they can do a simple blood test. They can see how your blood sugars have been running," said Voges.

Union Hospital offers several programs for diabetes patients. They include self-training and free support groups.

To learn more, call Union Hospital's diabetes education center at 812-238-7577

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