ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Diabetes is a common condition, with around 10 percent of the U.S. population having it. Of those, more than a quarter are undiagnosed.

But a diagnosis is nothing to be discouraged by, as there are lots of treatment options available.

"We have a wide range of treatment options and we will work with people to make sure that their treatments are effective and affordable," said Elizabeth Driscoll, a family nurse practitioner with a specialty in diabetes management at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Diabetes affects eight organs and regular screenings are essential for preventing complications.

"Early detection is key, so if you don't know you have it, you won't know you need to treat it and address it, so trying to get those tests done and asking those questions to your provider are really important," said Dr. Kara Hawkins, an endocrinologist at Sentara MJH.

"Screenings are really important because if you catch damage early, then it can be treated and can prevent long-term damage," said Driscoll.

These screenings include annual foot exams, screenings for kidney disease, and eye exams.

"Sometimes people don't have symptoms of diabetic retinopathy," Hawkins said. "A dilated eye exam by a professional can detect disease early and therefore treatment can be done to prevent vision loss."

Another key maintenance for diabetes includes eating healthy and exercising.

"Learning about the best ways to eat and exercise are key in long-term management of diabetes," Driscoll said.

There are also lots of treatment options.

"We have really effective, well-tolerated, and affordable treatments for diabetes, but until people know they have diabetes, we can't get to work on the long-term complications," Driscoll said.

For those on Medicare who need insulin, there are options to make treatments even more affordable through the Medicare part D senior savings model.

"It allows for seniors to get discounts on insulin products. It's designed to save out-of-pocket costs for seniors and it's important that you have to actively enroll in it during the open enrollment period," Hawkins said.

For more information on diabetes management and education programs at Sentara MJH, click here.