Millions of Americans Have Diabetes and Don’t Know It

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 by: Todd Boak | Category: Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 19, 2012

Millions of Americans Have Diabetes and Don’t Know It
On Diabetes Alert Day, Take Action to Learn Your Risk and Take ‘Just One Step’ Toward Better Health

Toledo, OH – Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes – including over 34,000 people in Lucas County alone. It is estimated that at least 1 out of 4 people with diabetes don’t even know they have the disease. Additionally, an estimated 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

In observance of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® (March 27, 2012), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and Corner Dental are encouraging people to take NDEP’s Diabetes Risk Test –available in English and Spanish –to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

“Diabetes is a serious disease, particularly when it is left undiagnosed or untreated,” said Dr. Alap Choksey of Corner Dental. “Everyone should be aware of their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes – such as a mother, father, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes – or if you had diabetes during pregnancy – you need to know that you could have a higher chance of developing this disease.”

Other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, physically inactive, and being over the age of 45. Diabetes also is more common in African Americans, people of African Ancestry, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation, and even death. With early diagnosis and treatment, people with diabetes can delay or prevent the development of these health problems.

Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing a small amount of weight – 5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) – and becoming more active. Action steps include making healthy food choices and being active at least 30 minutes, five days a week.

For people looking for ways to make lifestyle changes to improve their health, NDEP’s Just One Step interactive tool can help you take small steps that can help you reach your health goal. The tool will help you think about:

• What step you will take to help reach your goal (for example, walking),
• When and how often you will do it (for example, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during lunch), and
• How much/how long (for example, 15 minutes each time to start).

“The key to reaching your health goal – and sticking with it – is to set a goal and make a step-by-step plan. Making changes in how you care for your health is a matter of trying and learning. It’s important to think about what is important to you and your health, and think about the kinds of changes that you are willing and able to make. If things don’t go as planned, think about other ways to reach your goal.”

In addition to using NDEP’s Just One Step interactive tool, check out other resources available from the NDEP at – including videos – on how to get started with making a plan to help you reach your goal. You can also call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337) for additional tools and resources.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

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