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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Take The Test

Today March 27th is National American Diabetes Association Alert Day. The day occurs each year on the fourth Tuesday in March. It works as a "wake up call" and helps to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. It helps to encourage all to take a diabetes risk test and learn about family history and the presence or not of diabetes. 

In 2001 I was diagnosed with diabetes. The diagnoses was made through a blood test during a health check up.  It was surprising to me but it really should not have been. Diabetes was very much present in my family history. A few years later my own son was diagnosed with the disease. There are most likely many maybe you that may suffer from diabetes but not know it.

Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 % of the U.S. population. There are also another 7.2 million Americans about 1 in ever 4 adults that are unaware that they have diabetes. Prediabetes has been diagnosed in 84.1 million Americans. The later is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be qualified for diabetes. Most diagnosed with prediabetes have no idea they have it. Having a family history of diabetes offers an individual a greater chance of developing type w diabetes. Other factors that are often found in those with type 2 diabetes include

  • over age 45
  • overweight
  • individual not physically active

Take the ADA diabetes risk test and see what it means for you

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