CDC shining light on looming diabetes riskBy
Diabetes can be a formidable opponent, but many people who have diabetes don’t know they have it. This week, federal health officials reported that only 11 percent of the estimated 79 million Americans who are at risk for diabetes know they are at risk.
The condition, known as prediabetes, describes higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that put people in danger of developing diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® 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. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, this year’s Alert Day will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
“We have a huge issue with the small number of people who know they have it. It’s up a bit from when we measured it last, but it’s still abysmally low,” said report author Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.
“We need people to understand their risk and take action if they are at risk for diabetes,” Albright said. “We know how to prevent type 2 diabetes, or at least delay it, so there are things people can do, but the first step is knowing what your risk is — to know if you have prediabetes.”
For the complete article on the CDC report, visit Health Day’s Millions on Verge of Diabetes Don’t Know It.