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Know your Risk: American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

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UPDATED: 2.18.14

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alert-day-logo_02.13.14American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is an annual event when the ADA asks Americans to learn more about their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking their Diabetes Risk Test. This is a quick quiz that will ask you questions about your height, weight, age, family history, activity level, and other risk factors. Alert Day takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every March and will be on March 25th this year.1

It is important to know your risk for diabetes in order to prevent diabetes in the future. Knowing your risk for diabetes can help you to be prepared and to plan to make changes to your lifestyle if needed. There are several factors that can cause someone to be at a higher risk for diabetes:

-A family history of diabetes

-Being overweight or obese

-Not exercising regularly

-Having high blood pressure

-Having a diagnosis of pre-diabetes

-Certain racial and ethnic groups (for example, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans)

-Women who have a history of gestational diabetes or who have had a baby weighing 9 or more pounds at birth2

If you think you might be at risk, you should talk to your doctor and see if testing is needed.

References:

  1. American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. American Diabetes Association. (Accessed 02/13/14)
  2. Your risk. American Diabetes Association. (Accessed 11/20/13)

Written by: Rebecca Honaker, BA (February 2013)