Your Body Called & Left a Message:
Answer the Call for Diabetes Awareness
American Diabetes Association 2019 Alert Day will sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes by asking everyone to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. The free, anonymous risk test only takes a minute to complete. By answering questions such as “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?” you can learn if you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes in 60 seconds. To take or share the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test, click here.
Diabetes Prevention Tools for Patients
The New Jersey Primary Care Association has teamed up with the New Jersey Department of Health to get Diabetes information to people who need it; you the patient—this page provides YOU with the toolbox of information and places to contact to keep you well or get you better so that diabetes is NOT a challenge in your life. Who needs more challenges? So, let’s read up on diabetes and prediabetes. Knowledge is power.
The Basic Facts
What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that results in high glucose (sugar) levels in a person’s blood which prevents the body from using insulin properly. Diabetes is an important public health concern in New Jersey, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the state among adults.
Did You Know?
- Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population.
- Nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes, or 7.2 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
- Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
- Nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
- 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.
Who can I call? New Jersey Department of Health has teamed up with a great program called NJ 2-1-1. You can call the 211 number and get connected to the most up-to-date information on diabetes prevention and education. We think that’s pretty cool because it is a hotline to information that can help you. When you call, you’ll get a real person who will give you answers and if you want to learn more about something a call specialist will provide you with information about programs in your area that are providing diabetes prevention and education assistance. Mic Drop.