Do we have diabetes? Are we sure?

There are many faces of diabetes — it can impact anyone regardless of age, ethnicity or amicable status. In form 2 diabetes, mostly symptoms do not seem until it’s too late.

If left untreated, diabetes can lead to lethal complications – including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in a United States have diabetes. A entertain of those with a illness — 7 million — are unknowingly that they have it. Recent estimates plan that as many as one in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take stairs to Stop Diabetes. With such towering numbers — how many people in Oregon SW Washington could be during risk or undiagnosed?

Tuesday, Mar 27, is a 24th Annual American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day. American Diabetes Association Alert Day, that is hold each fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, “wake-up call” seeking a American open to take a Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are during risk for building form 2 diabetes.

This year, we’ll be enlivening people to take a new and softened Diabetes Risk Test by pushing a open to Facebook where they can also ask questions, rivet with a village and share a exam with friends and desired ones. The exam has been updated with a new algorithm practiced to align with a some-more contemporary and accurate scoring complement that enables a ubiquitous open to improved consider their risk for form 2 diabetes.

You can be partial of a transformation to Stop Diabetes and get your giveaway Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting us on Facebook, stopdiabetes.com or by job 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Although Alert Day is a one-day event, a Diabetes Risk Test is accessible year-round.

Studies have shown that form 2 diabetes can be prevented or behind by losing only 7% of physique weight (such as 15 pounds if we import 200) by unchanging earthy activity (30 mins a day, 5 days a week) and healthy eating. By bargain your risk, we can take a required stairs to assistance forestall a conflict of form 2 diabetes. For people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes – either they have form 1 or form 2 diabetes – these same lifestyle changes can make a poignant disproportion in their diabetes management.

I strongly titillate your readers to take a Diabetes Risk Test and share a exam with everybody we caring about — friends, family members and colleagues. “Take It. Share It.”

Andrew Ahmann, M.D., is a Community Leadership Board Member of a American Diabetes Association and Director of a Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center during OHSU.