Today, March 26, is the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) annual Diabetes Alert Day. Right now take their online risk test to see if you may be at risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes. It only takes a few minutes.
Frankly, I think EVERYONE should take the risk test, AND have your doctor test you for diabetes annually. Much to people’s chagrin, 1 in 5 people with type 2 diabetes are not overweight.
A medical test for diabetes is just a simple blood test performed either in your doctor’s office or at a lab. A blood sugar value between 100 and 125 mg/dl, taken before you eat in the morning (fasting plasma glucose test), indicates pre-diabetes. Your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes.
80 million people in the US have pre-diabetes, yet few know it. If you have pre-diabetes and do nothing, within five to ten years your chances are very good you’ll have diabetes. If, on the other hand, you lose a small amount of weight if you are overweight, on average 15 pounds, and work up to 30 minutes of activity five days a week, you will likely prevent, or delay getting type 2 diabetes for years. Trust me, if you can, you want that option. Type 2 diabetes, for most people, damages the large and small blood vessels in the body leading to what’s caused diabetes complications.
A fasting blood sugar test value above 126 mg/dl indicates diabetes. There are 26 million people with diabetes in the US and yet one quarter don’t even know they have it. RED ALERT: TAKE THE RISK TEST. Because by time most people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, having actually had it for on average five to seven years, many already have diabetes complications as mentioned above, like heart disease, vision and circulatory problems.
Risk Factors for Pre-Diabetes & Type 2 Diabetes
• Under active
• Over 45 years of age
• Family history of diabetes
• Woman who gave birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds
• Belonging to a high risk group: African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders
Pass this on if you know someone else who may be at risk for diabetes. You can potentially save a life today — and it might be yours or someone you love.