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Test yourself: Are you at risk for Diabetes?

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March 22nd is Alert Day, when the American Diabetes Association tries to make people aware of the need to see if they’re diabetic.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In 2015 on Alert Day, almost 29,000 people took the risk test, with over 37 percent of them being at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 

It only takes one minute to take the test, but that short time spent can protect you for a lifetime.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about their weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.  Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider and get free tips and resources from the Association.

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States, and more than a quarter of them, about eight million, do not even know they have it. An additional 86 million have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. 

Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of these complications, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. 

The Association has made a strong commitment to the prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of prediabetes and actively engaging individuals in preventive behaviors like weight loss, physical activity and healthy eating. 

Alert Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and prompt action among the general public, particularly those at risk.

Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes.  People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease.  African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease are also at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 

Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating.  By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Click here to take the one-minute test. 

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