SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Today is National Diabetes Alert Day. This day is a wake-up call for everyone to find out their risk for developing diabetes by taking a free, online test. Miriam Zentgraf, Diabetes Prevention Health Educator with the Salt Lake County Health Department, joined Emily Clark, to explain.
Zentgraf says the risk test is anonymous and only takes one minutes to complete. It asks simple questions like your age, your family history of diabetes, and your physical activity.
The test not only determines your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but it also provides you with useful tips and guidelines based on your results.
- One in 3 American adults has prediabetes, and 90% of those people don’t know they have it.
- Diabetes is a public health crisis and serious disease that kills more Americans every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
- Before people develop diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes (blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes).
- Prediabetes can be reversed and type 2 diabetes can be prevented with lifestyle changes like healthy food choices, weight loss, and physical activity.
You can learn more about how to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and take the test at www.diabetes.org.
To get the test in Spanish, visit diabetes.org/riesgo.