In observance of the American Diabetes Association Alert Day, Tuesday, I challenge everyone who reads this to take the Diabetes Risk Test, and inspire their friends, family members and colleagues to do the same.
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States.
Diabetes has been called a "Silent killer." While some people with diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show these overt warning signs at the time that they develop the disease. Not feeling the disease results in many people living with untreated high blood sugar levels, in some cases for years, increasing their risk for the complications of untreated diabetes including heart disease, nerve damage and problems with the eyes.
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. If you know about and understand your risks, you can take the necessary action now to help prevent the onset of or complications of type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family and medical history. The Diabetes Risk Test identifies for users whether they are at increased risk for having type 2 diabetes. If an individual is at increased risk, he or she is encouraged to talk about their risk with their health provider.
You can get/take a free Diabetes Risk Test several ways:
1. Visit Somerset Hospital on the Web at www.somersethospital.com. Click the tab "Outpatient Services. " Click on the tab "Diabetes Education Center." Under the "Useful Websites" section of the page follow the link to the Diabetes Risk Test.
2. Visit Somerset Hospital on Facebook and follow the link to the Diabetes Risk Test.
3. Call the Somerset Hospital Diabetes Education Center at 814-443-5744.
4. Contact the American Diabetes association via the web at www.diabetes.org or call them toll-free at 1-800-DIABETES.
In observance of Diabetes Alert Day 2013 – Somerset Hospital is sponsoring free A1C test kits.
These test kits allow the individual to, in the comfort of their own home, assess their blood glucose control. Supplies are limited, so individuals who do not have health insurance and/or are unable to visit a healthcare provider routinely will be given preference. Please direct all questions and inquires for test kits to 814-443-5744.
Elena Gary, MED, RD, LDN, CDE
Diabetes Education Coordinator, Somerset Hospital