Did you know that 1 in 11 people has diabetes? Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible chronic disease. It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes. Often there are no visible signs. That’s why there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many people.
To make matters worse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 84.1 million Americans may have Prediabetes and don’t even know it. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, moderately high blood sugar does not have any signs or symptoms and can go unnoticed for years. That’s why it is very important to ask your doctor to check your blood sugar each year to make certain you do not have prediabetes. If you or someone you know has prediabetes, making long-term lifestyle changes can help you avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes. You may be able to bring your blood sugar level back to a normal range by making long-term healthy lifestyle changes, which includes eating healthy unprocessed foods, adding physical activity in your daily or weekly routine, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Here are some common signs and symptoms that may indicate you have prediabetes, darkened skin on certain parts of the body including the neck, armpits, elbows, knees, and knuckles. Some classic red flags that suggest you may have moved from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes, includes increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue and blurred vision. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you should contact your primary care doctor for an evaluation. Take control of your health and get your blood sugar checked at least once a year. In the meantime, you can determine your risk for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes by taking the prediabetes and type 2 diabetes quizzes below.
60 second Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test
Prediabetes Risk Test
American Diabetes Association (ADA). (2019, November). Sixty second type 2 diabetes risk test. Retrieved from: https://www.diabetes.org/risk-test
American Diabetes Association (ADA). (2019, November). Do I have prediabetes, take the risk test. Retrieved from: https://doihaveprediabetes.org/take-the-risk-test/#/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2018, July). New CDC report: More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html