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March 25th is Diabetes Alert Day

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The American Diabetes Association has declared March 25th as Diabetes Alert Day. The Diabetes Risk Test, available year round on their site), asks readers to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Preventive tips are provided to everyone who takes the test, so they may open up dialogue with their health care provider regarding possible treatment options.

Diabetes is a serious disease that currently affects nearly 26 million adults and children living in the United States. An estimated 7 million of them do not even know they have diabetes. An additional 79 million people are prediabetic, which can lead to diabetes and possible diabetic related complications if not treated appropriately. Early diagnosis and treatment can delay, if not prevent, complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease stroke, and nontraumatic amputations.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include the following: overweight and obesity, sedentary lifestyles, being over the age of 45. In addition, those with a family history of diabetes or a personal history of gestational diabetes are at higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes (weight loss and increased daily activity) lower your risk of developing the disease.

Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day. For information on diabetes, prediabetes, healthier lifestyle guidance, and the diabetes risk test, contact your local Walgreen's pharmacist, visit the American Diabetes website, or call 1-800-DIABETES.

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