It's that time of the year again - the fourth Tuesday in March. Why is this day so special? It's special because it marks this year's observance of American Diabetes Alert Day!
Diabetes is taking a toll on the nation. According to recent government statistics, 26 million people in America are diabetic. Recent studies estimate that 347 million people worldwide have the disease, and if trends for the upcoming decades aren't reversed, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is also likely to increase.
In fact, the World Health Organization predicts that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.
Interestingly, 2030 is the same year that Eric A. Finkelstein of the Global Health Institute at Duke University in North Carolina predicts severe obesity will become more prevalent in the United States. Obesity increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes (the diabetes most likely to affect adults), thus making these predictions very significant.
The good news is there is a simple test that can give you advanced warning about your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test, which is available on the American Diabetes Association website, asks questions about family history, age, weight and other factors that could put you at risk for the disease. As an added incentive, everyone who takes the test will be provided with tips that can help prevent diabetes.
To learn more about the Diabetes Risk Test, click on the link at the bottom of this article.
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