What Will You Do to Stop Diabetes? Know Your Risk.
Diabetes has become the greatest public health crisis of the next quarter century. To address the burden of this disease, the American Diabetes Association is asking the American public "What will you do to Stop Diabetes? Know your risk." The American Diabetes Association encourages people to join the Stop Diabetes movement by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and if they are at high risk, to speak with their health care provider.
The Diabetes Risk Test requires users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The test will show users whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes. If they are at high risk, they are encouraged to talk with their health care provider.
Diabetes by the Numbers
Of the approximately 24 million Americans living with diabetes, nearly 6 million Americans have type 2 diabetes but don't even know it. Another 57 million, or one in five Americans have pre-diabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, one out of three children born today will face a future with diabetes.
Are You at Risk?
Among the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
Unfortunately, people with type 2 diabetes can live for years without realizing that they have the disease. While people with diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show these overt warning signs at the time that they develop the disease. Often, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people develop one or more of its serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, or nerve damage that can lead to amputations.
Take Charge of Your Health
Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 5-7% of body weight through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating. Armed with this information, gather your friends, family, loved one and/or co-workers and take a 30 minute walk and get started with a healthier lifestyle today!
Click here to take the Diabetes Risk Test today.