(ATLANTIC) On March 26, 2013, the American Diabetes Association will be encouraging the public to take the Diabetes Risk Test, as well as to share the test with everyone they care about. With each person that takes their test and knows their risk, the Association is that much closer to stopping diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association 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 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. Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their healthcare provider.
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 high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes®.