Diabetes - Are You at Risk?

The American Diabetes Association wants you to take charge of your health by knowing your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them-7 million-do not even know they have it.  An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.   Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, but it can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior. 

“Everyone should know their risk.  Don’t put off visiting your physician if you think you may be at risk.  Together, you can develop a plan to help you lower your risk factors for diabetes,” states Endocrinologist Alan Dresner, MD, FACE, Section Chief of Endocrinology, Nyack Hospital.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes are:

    Weight.  People who are overweight have a higher risk.  Studies have shown that diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 % of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200)

    Lifestyle.  People who lead a living a sedentary lifestyle have a higher risk.   Engaging in physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) can help prevent the onset of diabetes. 

    Age.  If you’re over 45, you are at risk.

    Race.  African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders are at increased risk

    Family history.  People who have a family history of the disease are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

To help people learn their risk, The American Diabetes Association has set aside one special day to encouraging everyone to take the all-new Diabetes Risk Test.  The new Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

March 27, 2012, is Diabetes Alert Day.

Certified Diabetes Educators will be in the main lobby at Nyack Hospital on March 27, from 1-3 pm.  Take the Diabetes Risk Test.  Learn what resources are available to help you reduce your risk, or, help you manage your condition if you are diagnosed with diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association has revised its Diabetes Risk Test according to a new, more accurate statistical model. The updated test includes some new risk factors, and projects risk for pre-diabetes as well as diabetes.

This simple tool can help you determine your risk for having pre-diabetes or diabetes. Using the flow chart, answer the questions until you reach a colored shape. Match that with a risk message shown below.

To download the chart above, click here.