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March 27 Is American Diabetes Association Alert Day

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner

Do you know if you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes? An astonishing number of Americans are at risk for Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes (most of them in the Type 2 category)—many don’t even know that they have it. One in three Americans is thought to have prediabetes, which is the precursor to diabetes.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

As you may know, diabetes can have many serious effects on your health, from vision loss to nerve pain to kidney trouble and lots more.

This is why the American Diabetes Association designated March 27 as American Diabetes Association Alert day. On this day, plan to take the association’s Type 2 risk test. “The free, anonymous risk test only takes a minute to complete. By answering questions such as ‘Do you have a family history of diabetes?’ and ‘Are you physically active?’ you can learn if you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes in 60 seconds,” according to the American Diabetes Association. You can also discuss the results with your health care provider. If you have prediabetes, it’s not too late to make changes and avoid the development of Type 2 diabetes.

Here is a link to the association’s simple test: You can also print a copy of the test to share with someone who does not have internet access.

Fitting in More Physical Activity If You Have Diabetes (and If You Don’t)

One thing that can help improve your health if you have diabetes (and even if you don’t) is increasing your physical activity. Exercise can improve your fitness and possibly help ward off Type 2 diabetes. If you already have diabetes, physical activity is a great way to lower your blood sugar, help you lose weight if you need to do, and improve your mood. Here are a few suggestions on getting more movement into your daily routine.

  1. Park your car a farther away from the entrance to where you’re going at the store, work, doctor’s office, etc.
  2. Exercise during commercial breaks when watching TVs. Leg lifts, torso twists, overhead arm stretches and walking in place are all great moves to get you moving. And binge watchers, you’re not exempt. You can try these light activities as well in between episodes.
  3. Exercise with a friend so you have more accountability.
  4. Try a new class at your local gym or community center.
  5. Use a fitness pedometer or an app on your phone to help track how much you’re moving—and to see when you need to work in more steps. These can be motivating.
  6. Take a 10- to 15-minute walk after each meal. If you take a brisk walk after each meal, you’ve met the current recommendation of 30 minutes of physical activity each day to maintain fitness.

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