JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a "one-day wake-up call," according to the American Diabetes Association.
The push is for you to take a short, simple quiz to find out if you're at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Here's the link: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/?utm_source=Offline&utm_medium=Print&utm_content=risktest&utm_campaign=RISK
The next step is to get a diabetes screening. All YMCA facilities on the First Coast offer free screenings, even if you're not a Y member.
Lisa Peabody, director of First Coast YMCAs' Disease Prevention program, said it's important to catch glucose numbers before they get beyond the pre-diabetic range, which is over 100 to about 124.
Peabody emphasizes that knowing your fasting glucose level can spare you from becoming a full-fledged type 2 diabetic.
She said an estimate one out of three adults in the U.S. is pre-diabetic, and yet only 7% know they have it.
Diabetes is now being called an "epidemic" in literature from the American Diabetes Association. Early diagnosis is critical, the ADA says, to delay or prevent complications, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.
To see which celebrities have type 2 diabetes and how they're coping with the issue, click on this link: http://www.prevention.com/health/diabetes/15-celebrities-type-2-diabetes
To find out more, head to the ADA's website: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/?loc=DropDownDB-type2
The YMCS has a program called "Diabetes Prevention Program," which teaches people at risk for diabetes how to restructure their activities, shopping, social life, and nutrition to try and avoid diabetes.
First Coast News