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How the health district is bringing awareness to the dangers of diabetes

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KENNEWICK, WA - Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. With this disease, your body doesn't use insulin properly. March 28th marks the American Diabetes Association's annual "Alert Day". 

It's a day to raise awareness about the dangers of diabetes. Lisa Gonzalez with the Benton Franklin Health District says diabetes should be taken seriously.

"It's rapidly growing in our county, in our area," explained Gonzalez. "It's a silent disease that sometimes we don't know we have it, and so that's the dangerous part of it."

The Benton Franklin Health District offers free workshops to those who have diabetes to learn about nutrition and how to manage symptoms, and more.

"They will also learn how to deal with stress because we know stress is the number one, it causes diseases," Gonzalez said. "We have a number of activities we do with them and how to relax and what they can do to relieve their stress."

Type 2 diabetes is treated with lifestyle changes, medications, and insulin. According to the Diabetes Association, African-Americans and Hispanics are at a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes than others.