Diabetes alert day
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tuesday March 24th is "Diabetes Alert Day." The American Diabetes Association uses the day to challenge all Americans to take the Diabetes risk test. This test can help tell if you're at risk for developing type-2 diabetes.
An estimated 30 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
Another 86 million people have pre-diabetes, or blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
Those at risk for developing the disease are overweight, sedentary, and over the age of 45.
"When people start developing diabetes the blood sugars start creeping up very slowly. Often people don't have any symptoms. They don't even realize that they're pre-diabetic or diabetic," said Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap of the Cleveland Clinic.
Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing as little as 15 pounds.
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