Today is the day: the 23rd annual American Diabetes Association Alert DaySM! Today the American Diabetes Association is issuing a challenge to all Americans that will take only a few minutes, but could save a life.
So, what’s going on?
Starting on Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association is asking the public to Join the Million Challenge by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to assess their own risk for type 2 diabetes. The Join the Million Challenge will continue for a month, until April 22.
What’s this risk test all about?
The Diabetes Risk Test is an online tool that asks you a few simple questions about potential risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Anyone who is at high risk is then encouraged to speak with their health care provider.
You can take the Diabetes Risk Test in one of several ways:
Why are we doing this?
So many reasons!
We know the numbers are worrisome. Of the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, 7 million of them remain undiagnosed. For many, diagnosis may come seven to ten years after the onset of the disease, and only after they have started to suffer from one or more complications of diabetes.
An additional 79 million Americans have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are elevated (but not yet high enough o qualify as diabetes), indicating a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
If diabetes is taking over the world, what can we do to stop it?
A diabetes diagnosis is not the end of the world (trust me – I’m still here). For people who are living with diabetes, but don’t know it yet, a diagnosis can help them avoid diabetes complications and achieve the treatment they need to live a healthy life.
For someone with prediabetes, research is promising! Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7% of body weight (such as15 lbs if you weigh 200 lbs) through physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating.
What if I’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes?
You don’t want anyone else to go through the same experience, do you? (No? Me either.) Share the Diabetes Risk Test with your friends and family and let them know that you care about their health.