ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In line with the 24th annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association debuted its new and improved diabetes risk test.
Updated with a more sophisticated algorithm and available on Facebook, the test can be taken in less than a minute and easily shared with family, friends and loved ones, ADA said. The test requires users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for diabetes. Their results are reported as a numerical score indicating low or high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Those at higher risk are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider to learn more about ways to help reduce their risk or delay onset of the disease.
In addition to Facebook, people can find this free test (in English or Spanish) by visiting stopdiabetes.com or calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
"The more people who take this first step in knowing their risk, the closer we will become to stopping this disease that has reached epidemic proportions," said Geri Spollett, president- elect of health care and education at the American Diabetes Association. "The time to act is now. Taking one quick minute to learn your risk today could lead to a much healthier tomorrow."