NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Doctors say thirty to forty percent of people who have diabetes don't even know it. So on Tuesday, Slocum-Dickson is raising awareness with free testing.
It's as easy as a finger prick and it only takes five minutes to get the results. Then you can either have peace of mind or start a plan of action.
Doctors say you're more likely to have diabetes if you're overweight, if your parents have diabetes or if you had gestational diabetes while you were pregnant. Dr. Gunnar Anderson says if you fall into any of those categories you should definitely get tested.
He says typically people don't realize they're living with diabetes until they start dealing with the complications and that's why it's important to figure out if you have it as soon as possible.
"The complications of diabetes can occur over time so typically people with complications have had diabetes for up to ten years and then they start getting blurred vision, numbness in your feet start or affecting your kidneys. We're trying to pick up diabetes early and treat it to try to prevent those complications and that's why we're doing diabetic awareness," said Dr. Anderson.
The top five tips for diabetics are to read up on diabetes, test and record your blood sugars, pick a good diet for your diabetes, include some activity each day and to talk about your diabetes.
The testing was originally scheduled to last until 4 p.m. Tuesday, but it was so busy they're running out of tests.
They plan on scheduling another testing date which WKTV will keep you up to date on.