Today, the 4th Tuesday of March, is designated as the 26th Annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day®. Alert Day is a “wake-up call”, asking Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. An estimated 79 million Americans (1 in 3 adults) have prediabetes. More than 25% of Americans with type 2 diabetes, don’t yet know they have it! Are your family members or friends part of this group? The Diabetes Risk Test can be found on the ADA’s Facebook page or via http://www.diabetes.org/risktest. For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boar’s Head, a leading provider of premium delicatessen products , will donate $5.00 to the American Diabetes Association, starting March 25 through April 25, 2014, up to $50,000.
This year’s ADA Alert Day is sponsored by Boar’s Head and Walgreens. I took the test; it was very easy and very quick to do–less than one minute! Although my risk score is low, I do have 2 risk factors, so that is why I try to eat healthier, manage stress better, and remain active to improve my health. And if you or someone you care about develops diabetes, St. Anthony’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education Services Department is ready to assist you with a Staff of Certified Diabetes Educators and other qualified healthcare Educator Professionals; call 314-525-4508, option 2 for more information.