ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Could you have diabetes? One
in five Americans have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or may
even already have diabetes. Because people can live for years without
knowing they have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is
issuing an urgent call-to-action for Americans to learn their risk for type
2 diabetes during the 20th Annual American Diabetes Alert Day. Awareness
about diabetes can lead to early detection and treatment, which may help
prevent type 2 diabetes or devastating complications associated with
diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and
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On American Diabetes Alert Day, held annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, the ADA encourages people who are overweight, physically inactive, or over the age of 45 years to take the Diabetes Risk Test, which asks seven simple questions about weight, age, lifestyle and family history -- all potential risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People scoring 10 points or more are at a high risk for diabetes and are encouraged to speak with their health care provider. The Diabetes Risk Test, in English or Spanish, is available by calling the Association toll-free at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or by visiting http://www.diabetes.org/alertnews.
"Today is a day for Americans to take charge of their health. The diabetes epidemic has taken a devastating toll on families and communities across the country," said Ann Albright, PhD, RD, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association. "But there is hope. By taking the Diabetes Risk Test, people can be one step closer to having the information they need to lead a healthier life."
The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
Sometimes people with type 2 diabetes live for years without realizing that they have the disease. While people with diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show these overt warning signs as they develop the disease. Often, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people develop one or more of its serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, and nerve damage that can lead to amputations.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities. To obtain a copy of the diabetes risk test or for more information about diabetes (in English or Spanish), please visit http://www.diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
|SOURCE American Diabetes Association|
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