Tuesday, 23 March 2010

March 23, 2010- American Diabetes Association Alert Day

March 23, 2010- American Diabetes Association Alert Day

There are 23.6 million adults and children living with diabetes. That's 7.8% of the US population. Five million American are diabetic and don't know it. If it's left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney failure.

It's a growing epidemic in this country, and Tuesday, March 23rd is a national wake up call. It's American Diabetes Association Alert Day. The message is simple: know your risk. Here is a risk assessment test . It takes less than a minute.

Your risk for developing diabetes increases with age. While Gen Xers aren't quite in that age bracket yet, we may be at risk in other ways. We can also encourage our parents and other family members who do fall into that category to arm themselves with knowledge as well.

If you know your risk, you can help lower it. You can't change your family history, race or age, but eating nutritious meals and staying active are fully within your power. You have the ability to take control over those risk factors, and help prevent diabetes.

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