According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, or roughly 9.3 percent of the population. While 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, one-fourth of those with the disease are unaware that they have it.
Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. It’s a one-day “wake-up call” encouraging Americans to take an online Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The risk test, consisting of seven questions covering such topics as family history, weight and age, takes less than 60 seconds to complete. Diabetes Alert Day is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and is always held on the fourth Tuesday in March.
Alert Day is a good opportunity to get screened and start taking steps to reduce your chances of getting the disease. American Diabetes Marketing Director, Carla Wade, encourages the test because early intervention and management can mean fewer complications later in life. “The earlier you find out you have diabetes, the better care you can take of your body,” Wade explained.
Preventative steps can include more exercise, less sugar in your diet, and quitting smoking.
Diabetes is a serious and often silent disease, doing internal damage people are completely unaware of. By taking the risk test, you can at least see if you should be paying more attention and are at risk.
To take the Diabetes Risk Test, click here.