Take One Minute to Protect Health by Taking the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Beacons of light illuminate the night as LAX pylons turn red to bring awareness to the American Diabetes Association Alert Day

On Alert Day, Americans are urged to take the risk test and start living a healthy and active lifestyle to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, is the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. In recognition of the event, the Los Angeles World Airports will light up the evening sky by programming the LAX pylons the color red. Downtown’s U.S. Bank Tower Crown Lights will also be illuminated red to bring awareness to Alert Day.

Last year’s release of a UCLA health study discovered that 55% of California adults have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, the latter being a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes.

While the estimate for people with this condition – 9% of the adult population (1 in 11 adults) – was well known and documented, researchers calculated the number of adults with prediabetes to be 46% (up from previous estimates of 33%) or nearly 1 in 2 adults.

“Equally as concerning is the fact that these numbers do not include pediatric statistics,” said Cynthia E. Muñoz, PhD, MPH, pediatric psychologist with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and president of the Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles. “The Association reports that the number of teens diagnosed with…

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