Do You Know the Risk Factors For Type 2 Diabetes?

Preventative tips are provided to everyone who takes the Diabetes Risk Test, including healthy eating and exercising tips.

Today is the 24th Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day designed as a “wake-up call” for the American public to learn if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

As part of the day, the American Diabetes Association is asking everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, but it can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, diabetes affects more than 25 million people in the U.S. or 11.3 percent of the U.S. adult population aged 20 or over. Additionally, it is estimated that 79 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition in which individuals have blood glucose or A1c levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

Spend one-minute of your day find out if you’re at risk by taking the Diabetes Risk Test. Take the test by visiting the ADA on Facebook, www.stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES. Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

By Rachelle Benson, Senior Manager, Brand Corporate Affairs