Starting on March 25, 2014, the American Diabetes Association and the Shingletown Medical Center will be encouraging the public to take the Diabetes Risk Test, as well as to share the test with everyone they care
about – friends, family members and colleagues.
This test is available on-line at: https://www.diabetes.org/risk-test
The Shingletown Medical Center will also have paper copies available, or you can print the paper copy off the diabetes website and drop off or mail to the Shingletown Medical Center:
Shingletown Medical Center
31292 Alpine Meadows Road
Shingletown, CA 96088
American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, which is held every year on the fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boar’s Head Brand® – a leading provider of
premium delicatessen products – will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 25 through April 25, 2014, up to $50,000. Although this is a one-day event, the Association will be promoting Alert Day starting March 25 through April 25.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.
Are You at Risk?
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active
(living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease.
African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even
deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.
The American Diabetes Association has made a strong commitment to primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of prediabetes and actively engaging individuals in preventative behaviors like weight loss, physical activity and healthful eating. Alert Day is a singular moment in time in which we can raise awareness and prompt action among the general public – particularly those at risk.
Take Charge of Your Health
Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body
weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a
week) and healthy eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day efforts and you can ask your local Walgreens pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test. Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.
About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in
English and Spanish.