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The CDC, AMA, and ADA have joined forces in a new prediabetes campaign to educate Americans on the health risks of the illness and raise awareness on the various factors that lead to the development of the disease.
New Prediabetes Campaign to Educate Americans
The American Association of Diabetes (ADA) has declared that prediabetes is an illness that is often overseen by physicians when explaining to the patients the risks of an unhealthy lifestyle.
The American people are well aware of the existence of diabetes, especially type 2, which is the insulin dependent one, but they do not know that prediabetes is as real. And, as the name suggests it, when left untreated it could turn into diabetes, which is treatable, but not curable.
In order to educate the American people upon the dangers of prediabetes and at the same time offer them a way to check the risks of developing such an illness, the three associations launched an awareness campaign. In order to help them achieve their goal, they create the DoIHavePrediabetes website which features a minute long test meant to tell the user if he or she has or is predisposed to prediabetes.
Find Out If You have Prediabetes With a Minute Long Test
The test is made out of 7 questions that deal with age, weight, height, and race, the history of the family’s health and the level of physical activity of the user. In the case of a positive answer, the person that took the test can further navigate the site and find additional information on the disease and programs in the US that deal with prediabetes.
Prediabetes does not show any symptoms, which makes it a dangerous disorder. And it doesn’t only lead to diabetes, but it could also be the onset of more serious life-threatening diseases such as kidney failure, stroke, dementia and even heart attack. Usually, people who suffer from prediabetes have a higher level of blood sugar.
As most of the diseases that develop on account of the food intake, prediabetes can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle. This means regular physical activity, a balanced diet, weight management and a more proactive attitude when it comes to eating healthy and renouncing fast food.
Americans eat double the daily recommended dose of both sugar and salt. This alone can increase the risks of developing serious illnesses such as prediabetes.
For more information on the disorder and how to avoid it, you can check out the YouTube channel created by the new prediabetes campaign to educate Americans.
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