by Ann Pantazis, MS, RD, LDN, CDE – Director of Nutrition Services
Type 2 Diabetes is common. More than one out of nine Americans are affected but many are undiagnosed. It’s estimated that 86 million people have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
This is why knowing your risk is important. What puts me at risk for diabetes? The risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are age, a family history of diabetes, being overweight, having elevated blood pressure, having a sedentary lifestyle, and having a history of gestational diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is also more common in African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic or Latinos, Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
March 26th has been named American Diabetes Association Alert Day. On this day you are encouraged to take a simple (and anonymous) one-minute test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Take the Risk Test by going to the diabetes.org website. If you find out that you are at risk talk with your doctor. The good news is that small steps can make a big difference in your risk for Type 2 diabetes: Get moving and lose weight. Learn more here.