52 Weeks to Health: Week 12, Diabetes Alert Day

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DIABETES ALERT DAY: America, Take the Test!

One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, so on March 22 the Lake Cumberland District Health Department encourages you to take a quick (and anonymous) one-minute test to find out if you’re one of them. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Why is American Diabetes Association Alert Day so important? An estimated 96 million American adults have prediabetes, which means they have blood glucose (sugar) that’s higher than normal. People with prediabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes unless they take immediate action. Eight out of ten adults with prediabetes don’t know that they have it.

Please make sure to mark your calendar for American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day® on March 22 and take the Diabetes Risk Test Once you’ve taken the test, encourage your friends and family to take it too.

Go to Diabetes Risk Test to take the Diabetes Risk Test today. For more information about diabetes and pre-diabetes visit Diabetes.org or LCDHD Diabetes. You may also contact the diabetes educator at your local health department.

Source: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/commt-dayunity-health-outreach/diabetes-aler

On a separate note, it is important to point out that Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in our nation; but, a few healthy lifestyle choices could change this. First, eating normally proportioned helpings of nutritious foods including at least five fruits and vegetables a day can lower weight and reduce heart disease and diabetes. Second, exercising about 30 minutes per day can lower blood pressure. Third, avoiding the use of tobacco products can reduce several types of cancer. Finally, making sure you get your needed preventive screenings can detect diseases early and greatly increase your chances for a positive health outcomes, while receiving your recommended vaccinations can prevent acquiring disease in the first place.