The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sounded an alert this month reporting that one in three Americans has blood-sugar levels that increase their risk of developing diabetes.
An prevalent problem
The announcement – which comes on the heels of March 22 – American Diabetes Association Alert Day – concerns Dr. Chelsea Gordner, an adult and pediatric endocrinologist at Baystate Health.
“Already some 30 million adults and children have diabetes, and a quarter of them are undiagnosed. Another 86 million – the group of people the CDC is referring to – have what we call prediabetes. They’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes because their body isn’t making enough insulin or it doesn’t use it well. We once called type 2 diabetes 'adult onset diabetes,' but what is very disturbing is that type 2 diabetes now affects kids and teens as well, mainly because of obesity," she said.
Understand your risk
American Diabetes Association Alert Day encourages people to take action and get the medical care they need to live well. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Take the test now (it’s quick and anonymous) to find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Do your friends and family members a favor by sharing the online test with them.