Alert! Find out right now if you’re at risk for diabetes

This is a wake-up call from the American Diabetes Association (ADA): Are you one of the millions of people who don’t know that they have type 2 diabetes?

Today is Alert! Day—the one day of the year that the ADA asks the American people to take an online test to find out their individual risk for type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test is simple and painless. All you need to do is answer a handful of questions about your weight, your age, your family’s medical history and a few other factors that may put you at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

If you’re at high risk, that’s your alert to make an appointment with your doctor.

Everyone who takes the test will also learn some tips to avoid developing diabetes.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. According to the ADA, it occurs when the body no longer properly uses a hormone called insulin. As a result, the amount of blood glucose (sugar) in the body climbs. That can lead to serious health problems over time.

Although the ADA’s Alert Day! is a one-day event, you can take the Diabetes Risk Test any day of the year.

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