Wellness folks love to be sweet – whether it is to the environment, each other, or ourselves. But here’s a fact we won’t sugarcoat: 86 million Americans have prediabetes according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Having prediabetes elevates us to a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can create adverse health complications such as heart or kidney disease, strokes, blindness, and it can even lead to amputation or death. Luckily, if caught early, this disease can be stopped in its tracks.
Over 30 million children and adults in our country are diagnosed with diabetes, yet 8 million do not know they have it. The ADA encourages the public to take part in American Diabetes Alert Day, a “wake-up call” for people to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk. By taking this test and becoming more knowledgeable about prevention and maintenance, the correct steps can be made to help stop the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 24th! From 10 AM to 1 PM, Health Services will be manning a Diabetes Alert Day table in the Russell Union and will provide Diabetes Risk Tests to all those interested. According to the ADA, people who are overweight, underactive (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should monitor themselves regularly. However, everyone is encouraged to take the test and share it with friends and family to protect themselves and their loved ones.
If diagnosed with prediabetes, there is no need to feel defeated! Lower your risk by eating healthy and incorporating physical activity into your everyday lifestyle. If overweight, even a mere 7% weight reduction can significantly decrease the chances of developing diabetes.
Don’t delay in preventing diabetes. Take the Diabetes Risk Test and share the information with family and friends – we can control Type 2 Diabetes!