Could you have diabetes or prediabetes and not know it?
March 28 is the American Diabetes Association’s “Alert Day 2017.” Diabetes Alert Day is an annual “wake-up call” asking the public to take the “Diabetes Risk Test” to find out whether they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and learn more about the disease.
You may have type 2 diabetes – and not even know it. Currently, 30 million Americans are living with diabetes and more than 8 million people have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Even more – 86 million, or 1 in 3 Americans – have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Knowledge is power – so get empowered by learning more about type 2 diabetes and your risk of developing the disease.
As part of the national American Diabetes Association “Alert Day 2017” event and campaign, The University of Vermont Medical Center will host its second annual multidisciplinary “Diabetes Alert Day” event from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. on March 28, 2017, at the our Main Campus, Level 3 Lobby.
The Diabetes Risk Test will be available to assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This test asks a few questions about family history, age, weight, race, and ethnicity. It is available online and takes only a few minutes to complete. Your responses are scored to determine whether you have a high or low risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
This event is free and open to the public and will provide access to our experts to assist with diabetes screening and access to self-management resources for people with diabetes:
- Doctors will consult on foot health and provide education on foot self-care and examination and answer questions about diabetes medical care as part of “Ask the Diabetes Doctor”
- Certified diabetes educators will provide information on diabetes and answer questions about diabetes self-management
- Wellness experts will provide wellness resources for improving your health
- A health care navigator will be available discuss the University of Vermont Health Assistance Program and assist people in determining their health insurance options.
- Blood glucose screenings will be offered to determine your random blood glucose level
- Tobacco cessation resources will be offered.
- Information on self-management education classes and workshops offered at The University of Vermont Medical Center
Visit the American Diabetes Association website to learn more about the American Diabetes Association “Alert Day 2017,” or take the Diabetes Risk Test.
Linda Tilton, MS, RD, CDE, is a certified diabetes educator at The University of Vermont Medical Center. In May 2015 the UVM Medical Center’s Endocrinology & Diabetes Self-Management Education Program received a 4-year renewal of Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association. Linda is currently the coordinating board chair for the Vermont Association of Diabetes Educators.