Our friends over that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are issuing a “wake up call” about the risk of type 2 diabetes. What can you do? Participate in the ADA’s prediabetes awareness campaign, then help spread the word about this critical issue to your friends, family, or neighbors.
Here are three easy ways to get involved:
- Talk about it. The ADA has a suite of online tools to help thoroughly educate you or someone you love. It takes less than a minute to find out if you have prediabetes, visit DoIHavePrediabetes.org to know where you stand. You can even text RISKTEST to 97779 to take the short test over the phone or via mobile device. According to the ADA, diagnosis is key, and research backs up that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
- Take steps to make a positive change in your life. Cut back on sugar and carbs. Increase your daily activity level. Sit less. Stand more. Just move! The campaign features lifestyle tips and links from the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. You may also want to consider a new app from Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Australia, Rise & Recharge.
- Support the campaign. Share your favorite prediabetes prevention tools and ideas with co-workers, your community or social networks:
- Check out the ADA’s public service announcements prediabetes at PSACentral.org.
- Explore their fabulous Prediabetes Social Toolkit or link to the DoIHavePrediabetes.org site (hashtags include #NoOneIsExcused from #prediabetes).
- Tack up posters and risk-test flyers on public bulletin boards located where many people gather.
However you choose to engage, do engage. If it doesn’t necessarily impact your life directly, remember, more that 86 million people in America alone have prediabetes. Your voice counts.