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Free online test will determine your diabetes risk

Robin Wulffson MD's picture
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You may be diabetic and not know it. Ignorance of a health condition does not prevent disease complications. Individuals with diabetes are at increased risk for a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, loss of limbs, and blindness. Today, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has launched a campaign to increase diabetes awareness. The campaign runs for one month, beginning March 27.

If you take a few minutes to take the online Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test, you will accomplish two goals: (1) You will determine your diabetes risk; and (2) Infuse cash (at no cost to you) to support ADA diabetes research. For every diabetes test taken, Boar’s Head, manufacturer of premium delicatessen products, will donate $5 to the ADA (up to $50,000) to fight diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is on the increase in the United States. This rise is directly related to the increase in obesity. Last July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that despite a steady mantra of warnings that obesity causes serious health problems and increases the risk of premature death, it has become a problem in every state.

In 2000, no states had obesity rates that high. Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia all had obesity rates of 30% or higher in 2010.

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According to the report, obesity rates vary by region, led by the South at 29.4%, followed by the Midwest at 28.7%, the Northeast at 24.9%, and the West at 24.1%. Mississippi had the nation's highest obesity rate (34%) and Colorado the lowest (21%). The CDC notes that obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Medical costs of obesity reached $147 billion in 2008.

The CDC report notes that no state reported that less than 20% of adults were obese in 2010. That denotes that not a single state met the national Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15% by the end of the past decade.

The CDC percentages are based on the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System phone survey that gathers information from 400,000 adults aged 18 and over. CDC Director Thomas Frieden stated in a news release that heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer are the leading causes of death related to obesity.

"It will take time and resources to win in the fight against obesity," William Dietz, director of CDC's division of nutrition, physical activity and obesity, says in the news release. "This epidemic is complex and we must continue to change the environments that make it hard to eat healthy and make it hard for people to be active." He added that by taking such steps, "we not only help today's adults, we also invest in our children and grandchildren, so they won't have to endure this serious and costly health burden."

To take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test, click on this link.

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