On Tues., March 24, 2015 is the American Diabetes Association’s National Alert Day, an annual campaign that brings awareness to the public on how to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. We are providing information about this disease and the link to a brief test your employees can take to see if they or a family member might be at risk.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the number of people who are diagnosed with diabetes is increasing each year, and to date it has struck nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. ADA indicates that about eight million people don’t even know they have diabetes, with many 7-10 years into their disease before they are officially diagnosed. These undiagnosed cases can have serious complications including blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputation and death.
Who is Susceptible?
If you are over 45 years of age, overweight, and/or live a sedentary lifestyle, you have the highest risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Also, if your heritage is African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, you are at an increased risk. However, the American Diabetes Association states that diabetes can be preventable when you adopt healthy habits such as losing as little as seven percent of your body weight (15 pounds for a 200 pound person), eating healthy and being more physically active.
What can you do?
If you are in one of the higher risk categories and/or it runs in the family, then you will want to take the free American Diabetes Risk Test, which is in both English and Spanish. This test is available year round. See below on how to access the risk test and if you know family or friends, who might be in a high risk category, pass along this information so they can also take the test.
- Visit here to access the test.
- Call (800) 342-2383 or DIABETES
- Visit a local Walgreens store and ask the pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test
If your results show that you are at an increased risk of diabetes, please discuss it with your doctor to see if further testing will be needed. For more information on preventing diabetes, visit here.