A statement released by Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “As the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages. Another 79 million adults are estimated to have prediabetes, a condition that places them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.”
Help to keep yourself and your family members safe by learning more about this serious but common disease.
Get tested and know the risk factors, such as if you are 45 years of age or older (although people at any age can develop diabetes), if you are overweight, have a family history of Type 2 Diabetes, are physically active fewer than three times per week, gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds, or ever had gestational diabetes while pregnant.