The shot no one wants to make

By on March 26, 2013
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The American Diabetes Association is hosting its annual “Alert Day” this Tuesday, March 26. Alert Day is an event to spread awareness about diabetes and to help people learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

This is a Real Time glucose sensor for at-risk patients. Alert Day allows poeple to learn of their risk for diabetes. MCT Campus

This is a Real Time glucose sensor for at-risk patients. Alert Day allows poeple to learn of their risk for diabetes. MCT Campus

Although Alert Day occurs only once a year, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year around. The user-friendly test asks people to answer simple questions regarding risk factors, such as weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

The test provides encouraging news for those who are at high risk and recommends those individuals to talk to their health care provider. It also provides heath advice for everyone who takes the test.

The test can be taken and posted on Facebook to provide more awareness to the disease.

Alabama leads the nation with 12.2 percent of the state inflicted with diabetes. It is the sixth leading cause of death for Alabamians, as well. Type 2 diabetes, previously called adult-onset diabetes, is not a genetic disorder. It is the most common form of diabetes, and many people are unaware that they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing this type of diabetes than others.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin that is created. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy.
Insulin takes sugars form the blood into the cells. When insulin can’t be used properly, the glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells and can lead to diabetes complications.

There are an estimated 79 million or one in three American adults, who have prediabetes. Those with prediabetes have blood glucose higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is preventable through a healthy lifestyle. A change of diet, increase levels of physical activity and maintaining healthy weight will reduce risks of type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is a national organization working to fight the consequences of diabetes and to help those affected by diabetes. 28 physicians founded the ADA in 1940. The Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public.

The Diabetes Risk Test. Take it. Share it. http://stopdiabetes.com/

Anjali Wagle
Staff Writer
awagle@uab.edu

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