Dothan, Alabama – Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes – including 434,800 diagnosed people in Alabama. It is estimated that at least 1 out of 4 people with diabetes don’t even know they have the disease. Additionally, nearly 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
In support of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® (Tuesday, March 26), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and Sambora Vaughan are encouraging people to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputation, and even death.
If you have a family history of diabetes – such as a mother, father, brother, or sister with diabetes – or if you had diabetes during pregnancy – you could have a higher chance of developing the disease. You can’t change your family’s health history, but knowing about it can help you take action NOW to prevent or delay the development of this serious disease. Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in Alabama!
Other risk factors for diabetes include being overweight or obese, physically inactive, and over the age of 45. Diabetes is also more common in African Americans, people of African Ancestry, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Caucasian people have a higher rate of Type 1.
“I am encouraging everyone to know their risk for diabetes by talking to their family about their family history of diabetes and finding out if you – or someone you love – could be at risk for diabetes,”
For more information or to take the risk test you can contact Sambora Vaughan at 334-718-6088 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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