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Illinoisans urged to eat more fruits, veggies for World Diabetes Day

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health Director urges Illinoisans to go for a walk over the weekend and eat fruits and vegetables in recognition of World Diabetes Day on Sunday.

As many as one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050, according to a recent analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now.

In 2008, approximately 8.4 percent of Illinoisans had diabetes, compared to 6.4 percent just 10 years earlier in 1998, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Nationally, about 6.1 percent of adults reported diabetes in 2008.

IDPH cites the signs of diabetes are frequent thirst, constant urination, unusual hunger, rapid loss of weight, and obvious weakness and fatigue.

Risk factors for developing diabetes include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • A parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino heritage
  • Physical inactivity - exercising fewer than three times a week

Two keys to reducing the risk of diabetes are eating healthy and regular exercise.

For more information on diabetes, log onto www.idph.state.il.us/diabetes/index.htm.

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