As Dr. Matthew Hahn, of Tri-State Community Clinic in Hancock, says, "There's no part of your body left unaffected by diabetes."
"Diabetes is linked to blindness, heart disease, kidney disease, susceptibility to infection, poor circulation and loss of sensation in the feet," Hahn says. "Overall treatment can include visits to numerous types of physicians and anywhere from two to 10 medications. The shame of it all is that all of the suffering and all of the expense is largely preventable."
An estimated 382,000 people in Maryland have diabetes, yet only half of these people have been diagnosed. The other 191,000 have diabetes but are unaware of their disease.
This doesn't include the more than 1 million people who risk developing diabetes due to a mix of increasing age, obesity and sedentary lifestyle. The greatest increase in those diagnosed is seen in the younger generations, including children. It is a growing problem and a complicated disease.