Diabetes Alert Day: Test Someone You Love

March 24 is the 21st annual American Diabetes Alert Day. Why does it matter, you say?

1 in 5 Americans is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Most of these folks won’t even find out they have diabetes until they’ve had the disease for 7-10 years. Untreated, diabetes  leads to heart disease, blindness, stroke, kidney disease, and death. This is why early detection and prevention methods are so important. High blood sugar can start to do damage to your internal organs long before you realize your diabetic.

The highest risk factors for type 2 diabetes are: obesity,an inactive lifestyle, age (over 45), and family history. But, even seemingly healthy individuals can develop the disease.

Take a few minutes today to take the Diabetes Risk Test over at the American Diabetes Association. Then, email the test to someone you love and encourage them to take the test as well.

Diabetes treatment has come along way. With proper diet and exercise, many pre-diabetics and diabetics are postponing and avoiding the catastrophic results of high blood sugar. But this is only possible if you know the signs and symptoms to watch out for. Sound the Alert. Take the risk test.

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