Take the ADA’s Diabetes Risk Test

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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

• Overweight

• 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.

Diabetes Alert Day: Might you have diabetes?

You have the opportunity to, in a few minutes and with a few answers, change your life. You’re invited to take the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) “Diabetes Risk Test” – right now.

Each year the ADA sends out the call to help people become aware of whether they may have, or are at risk for, type 2 diabetes. One in three American adults are at risk for diabetes. One in four doesn’t know he has it.

You’d think you’d know if you had diabetes. But at least one-quarter to one-third, of the 26 million Americans with diabetes – get this – don’t! Do you want to take the chance of having diabetes and not knowing when early detection can save your life and the quality of your life?

Here are common risk factors for type 2 diabetes: a family history, being overweight, being sedentary, high blood pressure and high cholesterol,, belonging to a minority risk group like African American, Hispanic and Native American Indian, for women having delivered a big baby. This used to include being over 50 years of age but with the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes in children, I don’t think age is as much a factor.

Here are common symptoms: Thirst, peeing all the time, fatigue, hunger, losing weight, blurry vision, frequent infections, slow healing, tingling or numbness in feet, waking in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. But most people with diabetes have already had it several years before they’re diagnosed, so you may have it and not yet have or recognize the symptoms.

Here’s the way you find out if you have diabetes. Take the ADA’s risk test. Invite family members to take the test. If you or any of your loved ones are at risk, make an appointment with your doctor to get a test for diabetes. 

If you have it, the sooner you know, the greater your chance to avoid and  or delay diabetes complications. If you don’t have it, but suspect someone you know may, be a friend and pass along this information. 

I just heard on the morning news that diabetes is a tsunami. Sounds like they’ve elevated its “epidemic” status one degree higher. Don’t kid yourself: if you’ve got it, you want to know so you can do something about it.