Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes? This is a question everyone should ask himself or herself, especially if you are are overweight, inactive, older than 45, and have a family history of the disease. People of certain ethnicities, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes.
Take action to find out if you’re at risk
To help raise awareness of this serious and all-too-common disease, the American Diabetes Association is holding its annual Alert Day campaign, which kicks off on Tuesday, March 24 and continues through Tuesday, April 21. This year’s theme, Take It. Share It. Step Out., encourages Americans to take the diabetes risk test, share it with your friends and join a walk to help stop diabetes.
The test, which only takes about a minute, asks participants simple questions about their age, weight, family history and other potential pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes risk factors. The idea is that people who learn that they’re at risk will hopefully take steps to improve their health, including visiting their doctor regularly, eating healthier and getting more exercise. According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just seven percent of body weight through physical activity and proper nutrition.
Why Alert Day is important
Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S., and about 8 million don’t realize they have it. An additional 86 million have pre-diabetes, which puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Often, a diagnosis is made seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease and after complications have developed. Complications from diabetes can include heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, necessity for amputation and even death. Alert Day is an opportunity to increase awareness and encourage those at risk to make the necessary changes to improve their health.
Diabetes Management Resources
Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, our Diabetes Management site offers a range of tips, tools and information that can help you manage your diabetes and prevent complications.
For additional support, members can speak to a health coach, such as a nurse or dietitian, 24/7 through our Health Coach ConnectionSM program.
Members can also take advantage of free wellness classes that focus on a range of topics, including disease management, fitness, nutrition and more.