More than 1 in 3 people in the United States have prediabetes, and most don’t know they have it. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. To lower the risk of diabetes, you may have to change your lifestyle.
The Lorain County General Health District (LCGHD) works hard every day to protect residents from public health hazards so that people in Lorain County can live healthy and safe. When life happens, we respond. The Lorain County General Health District’s 2016 Annual Report is now available for you to review, and it includes stories about how the community and the health district work together to meet Lorain County’s needs.
The report includes a message from Health Commissioner David Covell, RS, MPH, and features three stories about how the LCGHD:
an·ti·vi·ral (ān'tē-vī'rəl, ān'tī-): Medication that is used to prevent or cure a disease caused by a virus. Antivirals are prescription medicines that can fight against many diseases, including the flu, small pox and tuberculosis. Although the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in preventing flu, antiviral drugs are a second line of protection against the flu. Antiviral drugs are not sold over-thecounter.You can only get them if you have a prescription from your doctor or health care provider.
con⋅ta⋅gious (kuhn-tey-juhs): Easily spread through touch or contact with people or objects (phones, faucets and doorknobs).
in⋅flu⋅en⋅za (in-floo-en-zuh): A respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person. Most people have some immunity and a vaccine is available. This is also known as the common flu or seasonal flu.
vac⋅cine (vak-seen): A shot given to prevent a disease and give protection against.