Diabetes is the silent killer, states urge testing

Diabetes is the silent killer, states urge testing

Nashville – Get Fit Tennessee and the American Diabetes Association urged Tennesseans to assess their risk for type 2 diabetes beginning on Diabetes Alert Day, March 22, by taking the Diabetes Risk Test. The test will be available at www.StopDiabetes.org from March 22 through April 22, and evaluates many of the risk factors for developing diabetes.   

“Diabetes is often known as the silent killer because many of its symptoms go unnoticed,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. 

“However, once you know you are at risk or have already developed type 2 diabetes, small changes in physical activity and nutrition may reverse the effects.”

There are many risk factors for developing diabetes, including being overweight, living a sedentary lifestyle and being age 45 or older.

Research also shows that those with a family history of diabetes are at an increased risk to develop the disease, especially African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

If you know you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you should consult your health care provider. 

For those managing diabetes or pre-diabetes, the Get Fit TN website, www.GetFitTN.com, has several resources for tracking nutrition and fitness. The free health and fitness tools include a nutrition tracker based on the United States Department of Agriculture’s database of more than 7,500 food items. The nutrition tracker allows users to keep track of calories, fat grams and carbohydrates consumed each day in a virtual food journal. 

Users can also accumulate “fitness points” by logging physical activity in the fitness tracker, as well as set fitness and nutrition goals.

To learn more about diabetes, its risk factors and how to reduce your risk for the disease, visit www.GetFitTN.com or the American Diabetes Association website, www.diabetes.org.

GetFitTN is a statewide awareness initiative designed to address the rising epidemic of type 2 diabetes and risk factors that lead to diabetes, like obesity. 

The goal is to educate both adults and children that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or even prevented with modest lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and a healthier diet.

wcp 3/24/11

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