The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says 29.1 million Americans are diabetic, but more than 8 million of them don’t know it. That’s why the fourth Tuesday in March is recognized as “Alert Day.” The ADA uses this day as a wake-up call for people who may be at risk for the disease.
This year, Hoosiers who want to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can do so for free. Hendricks Regional Health is offering a free diabetes and pre-diabetes screening. The free screen will include A1c blood draw (no fasting required), risk factor screening, and information on pre-diabetes and diabetes. The A1c test measures average blood sugar for the past three months.
Hendricks Regional Health and the ADA encourage Hoosiers to take the test and learn their risk and to make sure friends, family members and colleagues are tested as well. The free screening will be available Tuesday, March 28th from 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Hendricks Regional Health, 1000 East Main Street, Danville, Indiana. Visitors are invited to park in the Orange Lot and enter through the Northwest Entrance. The screening will be held at the History Wall on the first floor.
On top of the nearly 30 million people who are diabetic in the U.S., an additional 86 million have
pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of these complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. If you have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are over age 45, are overweight, or are not physically active.