HRMC health fair focuses on Kentucky's skyrocketing diabetes rates
A health fair and lecture for patients with chronic kidney disease was held Wednesday afternoon at Highlands Regional Medical Center. The lecture focused on patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and how they can improve their quality of life. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services, 1 in 10 adult Kentuckians have been diagnosed with diabetes. In 1995, that number was only 1 in 25. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 40 Kentucky adults have diabetes but have not been diagnosed, leaving them at risk for serious complications. Forty percent of Kentuckians age 40-74 have pre-diabetes and are at very high risk for developing the disease.