This Diabetes Alert Day, Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Contact: Angela Minicuci 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2014

LANSING – In support of Diabetes Alert Day, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is encouraging Michigan residents to take and share the Diabetes Risk Test for the health of themselves and their loved ones. In Michigan, an estimated one out of every 10 Michigan adults have been diagnosed with diabetes (about 758,300 people) and 35 percent or 2.6 million Michigan adults are estimated to have prediabetes, putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

“The Diabetes Risk Test provides a great first step towards preventing or identifying the onset of type 2 diabetes,” said James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “Identifying risk factors, monitoring key health measures, increasing physical activity, and sensible food choices will lead to healthier, more active lifestyles for more people.”

The American Diabetes Association recognizes Alert Day on March 25 as a one-day “wake-up call” helping residents to identify if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The initiative is closely in line with Governor Snyder’s call for a healthier Michigan through the Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan which emphasizes the importance of healthy behaviors and key health measures, including diabetes prevention. For persons with prediabetes and at risk for type 2 diabetes, studies have shown the disease can be prevented or delayed by losing just 5-7 percent of body weight and being physically active at least 150 minutes a week.

While taking the Risk Test, users answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventive tips are also provided for everyone who takes the test, including steps to help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. People who are overweight, under-active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

To find the Risk Test and other prevention resources, visit the National Diabetes Education Program website at http://ndep.nih.gov/partners-community-organization/diabetes-alert-day/2014.aspx. More information about Michigan diabetes self-management education and prevention programs can be found at www.michigan.gov/diabetes.

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