Each year, the American Diabetes Association sets a day to “sound the alarm” about the prevalence of type 2 Diabetes. This year, that day is March 27. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that of the 30.3 million people living in the United States, 9.4% of the population had diabetes in 2015. This includes 7.2 million people who had diabetes but were not aware of it. The percentage of adults with diabetes also increases with age – among people age 65 years or older, 25.2% have diabetes.
On Diabetes Alert Day, you are encouraged to assess your risk for diabetes, get tested and speak with your health care provider about how to successfully manage or prevent diabetes.
If you are at risk for diabetes, there are things you can do to help. The National Diabetes Prevention Program recommends a proven lifestyle change program that can cut your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes in half. Samaritan Health Services offers a variety of resources for diabetes management and prevention. Samaritan providers, certified diabetes educators, trained nurses and dietitians can help you set up a meal plan and exercise program to work towards weight loss, which can go a long way in helping to prevent and manage diabetes.
What can you do today to help prevent diabetes? Take the test, ask your health care provider for a referral for a diabetes prevention class or meet with a diabetes educator for individual help.