March 28, 2017, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 86 million Americans have prediabetes – and 9 out of 10 of those affected are unaware that they have it. The CDC also projects that 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years if they do not take action.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body is unable to use insulin properly, leading to abnormal blood glucose levels. Since having type 2 diabetes can lead to more serious health concerns, it is important to know the risk factors and where you stand.

Be aware of the risk factors:

  • Are you 45 years or older?
  • Do you have a family member you has/had diabetes?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you work out less than 3 times each week?
  • Some groups are at higher risk, including African Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders/Asian Americans. Do you belong to one of these groups?

 

The American Diabetes Association offers a free Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to help determine your risk level. Taking this quick test is a great first step to see if you are at a high risk for having type 2 diabetes.

Based on your risk level, and if you answered yes to multiple questions above, it is recommended that you get tested. Family Health Centers of San Diego is here to help! Schedule your appointment today by calling (619) 515-2300.

 

Sources: American Diabetes Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.