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 diabetes.org/risktest.

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