Alert Day: Encouraging residents to take prediabetes risk assessment

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Department of Health is encouraging folks to take a prediabetes risk assessment as part of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Alert Day.

An estimated 86 million adults nationwide have prediabetes, including a third of Indiana adults.

People who are overweight or obese, have a family history of diabetes or are physically inactive, as well as individuals with certain racial and ethnic backgrounds, are at a greater risk.

You can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by following these tips:
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Eating a healthy diet
• Becoming more physically active
• Seeing a physician and checking blood glucose levels regularly
• Joining a Diabetes Prevention Program

Hoosiers can take a free online diabetes risk assessment here: http://www.preventdiabetes.isdh.in.gov

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