Visit Mercy Tiffin Hospital to take Diabetes Risk Test on March 25
3/21/2014 12:00:00 AM --Mercy
Tiffin, OH - The American Diabetes Association declares March 25, 2014 to be Diabetes Alert Day. The American Diabetes Association is encouraging you to take the Diabetes Risk Test, as well as share the test with everyone you care about - friends, family members and colleagues.
You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting the American Diabetes Association on Facebook, diabetes.org/risk test or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). You can also call Jan Dickerson, RN, CDE at Mercy Tiffin Hospital at 419-455-7743 to discuss the Diabetes Risk Test. Or, stop by the information desk at Mercy Tiffin and ask to take the Diabetes Risk Test on March 25 between 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider. The Association will not only be encouraging the public to take the risk test and share it, but they will be asking them to start living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them— seven million—do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes.
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.
The American Diabetes Association has made a strong commitment to primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of prediabetes and actively engaging individuals in preventative behaviors like weight loss, physical activity and healthful eating. Alert Day is a singular moment in time in which we can raise awareness and prompt action among the general public – particularly those at risk.
Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
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