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The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management and The American Diabetes Association Want You to Join the Million Challenge

The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management is supporting the
American Diabetes Association’s  public awareness campaign to “Join
the Million Challenge” by rallying one million people to take the
Diabetes Risk Test beginning on the 23rd Annual American Diabetes
Association Alert DaySM on March 22, 2011 through April 22, 2011.

Diabetes Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a
one-day, “wake-up” call asking the American public to take the
Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2
diabetes.

The Diabetes Risk Test requires users to answer simple questions about
weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for type 2
diabetes.  The Diabetes Risk Test will show users whether they are at
low, moderate or high risk for prediabetes or diabetes.  If they are at
high risk, they are encouraged to talk with their health care provider.


Diabetes by the Numbers
Of the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, a quarter - 7
million - has diabetes but don’t even know it.  Another 79 million
American adults have prediabetes, placing them at increased risk for
developing type 2 diabetes.  If current trends continue, one in three
American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Are You at Risk?
Among the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being
overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of
diabetes.  African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women
who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.

Unfortunately, people with type 2 diabetes can live for years without
realizing that they have the disease. While people with diabetes can
exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision
and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not
show these overt warning signs at the time that they develop the
disease.  Often, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people
develop one or more of its serious complications, such as heart disease,
stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, or nerve damage that can lead to
amputations.

Take Charge of Your Health
Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by
losing just 7% of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200)
through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week)
and healthy eating.   By understanding your risk, you can take the
necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

You can take the Diabetes Risk Test by visiting
www.hunterdonhealthcare.org, click on services and Center for
Nutrition and Diabetes Management.   If would like more information on
the Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management call 908-237-6920.



 

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