Type 2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in America today—chances are, even if you don’t have it, you know several people who do. Diabetes is also largely preventable, and the first step to preventing it is to know your risk. Even if you are at high risk or already have prediabetes, lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising more, and consuming less sugar and refined foods can help turn it around and keep you from developing the full-blown disease.
The American Diabetes Association is sponsoring an Alert Day today, asking everyone to take its online risk assessment to determine if you’re at risk for prediabetes or diabetes. The assessment asks simple questions about weight, activity level, and other risk factors, and it only took me a few minutes to complete. At the end of the test, the ADA provides prevention tips for everyone, but if you are at high risk (or higher than you’re comfortable with), you can take these results to your health care provider to discuss lifestyle changes and other ways to reduce your odds of developing diabetes.
As a bonus, for everyone who takes the test between March 27 and April 27, Boar’s Head will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $50,000. So what are you waiting for?