Are You At Risk?

If you have these symptoms, speak to your healthcare provider. Don't ignore the warning signs! 

There are 30.3 million people in the United States with diabetes; and 7.2 million (23.8%) of those with diabetes do not know they have the disease. Additionally, 84.1 million in the U.S. are considered to have prediabetes.

Alabama Diabetes Control Program encourages you to take the following test to determine if you may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes:

 

Chronic Disease

In the United States, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death and cancer is the 2nd leading cause. 6 in 10 Americans live with at least one chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes. Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention. Many chronic diseases are caused by a list of factors:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Poor nutrition
  • Overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Excessive alcohol use

You can take charge and lower your risk of these chronic diseases by losing weight, eating healthy, staying active, stop smoking, and get recommended screenings. For more information, visit the ADPH Cancer Division.

Diabetes and Family Health History

There are other risks for developing diabetes such as family health history. The National Diabetes Education Program encourages everyone to know their family's health history.

If you are at risk for having diabetes, please make an appointment with your health care provider soon.

Learn more about preventing diabetes and its complications by visiting the CDC Diabetes Public Health Resource.





Page last updated: September 17, 2019