Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes?

Tuesday is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and Bay County's health officials are encouraging residents to make sure they're not at risk.

"Knowing your risk for diabetes greatly increases a person's chances to receive preventative care and can reduce the risk of developing serious complications". We also offer an intensive diabetes management clinic and a continuous glucose monitoring clinic to help those with diabetes take charge and maintain control of their diabetes.

"An awareness that one is at risk for type 2 diabetes is the key to prevention!"

"The thing with pre-diabetes is people don't have symptoms". They can help participants begin a discussion with their primary care provider about type 2 diabetes. Some risk factors for the disease include a family history of diabetes, being over the age of 45, being overweight, a poor diet and not being physically active.

Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living can decrease the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Anyone can participate in Alert Day by taking the free Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test (in English or Spanish) at

As the American Diabetes Association sounds the alarm about the prevalence of type two diabetes in American adults. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, almost 14% of Alabamians have diabetes.

  • Joanne Flowers