Diabetes Alert Day

An estimated 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Another 84 million are thought to have pre-diabetes. Nine out of ten people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it.  So, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) sounded the alarm earlier this week with a special day designed to raise awareness about the likelihood and seriousness of Diabetes and pre-diabetes called Diabetes Alert Day.

Below is from the ADA:

What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent—it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The first step is learning your risk.

We encourage you to take a simple and anonymous one-minute test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You’ll answer questions such as, “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?” to learn your diabetes risk in 60 seconds. It’s that simple.

Once you’ve taken the test, share it with friends and family—with 84 million Americans at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, someone you love could be at risk.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS):

  • 1-in-9 Arizonans has prediabetes.
  • Changes to your lifestyle can slow or even reverse a prediabetes diagnosis.
  • Following these four steps can help you lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and get you on your way to a long and healthy life.

BE ACTIVE: Mow the lawn, take a dance class, bike to the store — this all counts toward the recommended 2.5 hours of weekly aerobic activity for adults, as long as it’s done at a moderate or vigorous intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR: Regular exams can identify problems before they start. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you also improve your chances for better outcomes if you do have any health issues.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS: Improve your health and wellness in just five minutes by keeping track of your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. These numbers provide a glimpse of your health status and risk for certain diseases, including diabetes.

EAT WELL: A healthy diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. You can enjoy your favorite comfort foods, too — just eat them less often, eat smaller amounts or try a lower-calorie version.

And here are several additional links with diabetes information specific to our state.

Arizona Adults with Diabetes: http://www.arizonahealthmatters.org/index.php?module=indicators&controller=index&action=view&indicatorId=81&localeId=5

Arizona Death Rate due to Diabetes (Maricopa County): http://www.arizonahealthmatters.org/indicators/index/view?indicatorId=2361&localeId=155

Burden of Diabetes in Arizona: http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/Advocacy/burden-of-diabetes/arizona.pdf

Share your thoughts on what we can do to slow the ever-growing number of diabetes and prediabetes cases in our state. Are you willing to take the one minute test? If you are, will you also consider passing it on to someone else? Driving important conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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