Claycordians are encouraged to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking a 60-second questionnaire today for the American Diabetes Association’s annual “wake-up call” Alert Day.
One in three Americans have pre-diabetes, making them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but studies have shown the disease can be prevented or delayed through exercise, healthy diet and losing weight.
The Diabetes Risk Test is a short assessment that identifies whether a person has risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
The risk test is available for free in English and Spanish at diabetes.org/risktest, by calling 1-800-DIABETES or by asking a Walgreens pharmacist.
Boar’s Head Brand will donate five dollars for every test taken between March 25 and April 25 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $50,000.
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and 79 million have prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
People who are overweight, sedentary, over 45 and have a family history of diabetes are most at risk for developing the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.
People from certain ethnic groups, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, also face an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.