Did you know that every fourth Tuesday of every March is The American Diabetes Association Alert Day? Diabetes is an epidemic and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million children and adults in the United States or 8.3% of the population have diabetes. Approximately 7 million people are unaware that they have diabetes and go undiagnosed. As a result, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, The American Diabetes Association is “Alerting” the public to this chronic disease and is asking everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. The body does not produce enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin efficiently which causes blood sugars to increase. Diabetes when poorly controlled, can lead to other medical problem such as heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage and amputations. Type 2 diabetes used to be called “Adult On-set Diabetes” where adults usually over the age of 40 developed type 2 diabetes. However, with the increase rate of obesity, younger people of all age ranges, even pre-teens or teens, are developing type 2 diabetes.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Five basic tips to lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes:

  1. Being overweight increases your risk! Manage your weight within a healthy range with a BMI between 18.5-24.9
  2. Eat healthy
  3. Maintain physical activity daily to help maintain a healthy weight range
  4. Avoid or quit smoking
  5. Control your blood pressure to less than 120/80

In joining the American Diabetes Association, I encourage you to take the diabetes risk test here

Visit this site for more information on diabetes: www.diabetes.org.

Tuyen Dudinskie RD, LD, Manager, Nutrition Services Purchasing