Acknowledge your risk

Most People with Prediabetes Have No Symptoms

Understanding your risk for Diabetes is the first step in prevention. Type 2 Diabetes is increasingly prevalent but may be preventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Type 2 Diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of Diabetes in adults. ACT Now and Acknowledge your risk of Diabetes.

  • Research suggests that 1 out of 3 adults has Prediabetes. 9 out of 10 don’t know they have Prediabetes.
  • 30.3 million people in the United States have Diabetes, but 7.2 million are undiagnosed or are unaware of their condition.
If left untreated or poorly managed, people with Type 2 Diabetes may experience progressively serious complications.

Complications include:

  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Stroke
  • Loss of vision or blindness
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney damage or failure
  • Nerve damage with pain
  • Foot problems
  • Non-healing wounds

Risk factors for Diabetes include:

  • Older age
  • Excess weight, particularly around the waist
  • Poor diet
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Certain racial and ethnic groups
  • Men are at slightly higher risk of developing Diabetes than women.
  • Physical inactivity
  • High cholesterol
  • History of Gestational Diabetes
  • History of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

In Ethnic Groups

Certain racial or ethnic groups have higher rates of Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. The risk is higher even after adjusting for other factors. In the United States, Type 2 Diabetes is more prevalent for certain groups. These groups include:

  • Native Americans
  • African Americans
  • Latino
  • Asian Americans

In Children

Type 2 Diabetes is rare for children of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Still, it has higher rates in the same racial and ethnic groups mentioned above. Across all groups though, Type 2 Diabetes is increasing around the age of puberty. The number of children diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes is growing due to more overweight youth. Still, it is much less common in children and young adults than it is in older people.

Know Your Risk

  • Know your risk
    • Know your numbers to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing Diabetes:
      • Weight
      • BMI
      • The HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c) test shows a person’s average blood glucose level over the past 2-3 months
      • Blood Pressure
      • Cholesterol
      • Acknowledge that there is a problem
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