The number of diabetes cases in America is on the rise.

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 12 percent of the adult population has the disease and more than a third of those aged 20 and older in the U.S. are now thought to have pre-diabetic conditions.

Jennifer Hilmes is a nurse and diabetes educator at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital who says the symptoms are easy to spot and easy to ignore.

Increased thirst, increased urination … fatigue. Those are the most common symptoms. Infections that won’t go away.

Hilmes says Memorial started offering a diabetes prevention program in December. A study of the program shows that people who reduced their weight by 7 percent and increased their physical activity to 150 minutes per week reduced their risk of diabetes by 58 percent. And participants over age 70 reduced their risk by 70 percent.

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