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A new video from the CDC-TV was recently released to help Americans learn if they are at risk for type-2 diabetes.  The Health Matters series, “Blood Sugar and Fears” provides expert advice about who is at risk for type 2 diabetes and how to protect your health, including a personal story about healthy lifestyle changes.  The video also underscores the fact that the disease affects more than 20 million people nationwide and that diabetes can cause serious complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and the loss of feet or legs. The video explains how weight loss and regular physical activity can reduce the risk by nearly 60 percent.  The keys are to know your risk and take steps to stay healthy.

Almost everyone who develops type 2 diabetes has pre-diabetes first. Many Americans with pre-diabetes do not realize they have this condition, a diagnosis which raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are also at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and eye disease.  Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes, or could you have diabetes and not know it? About one-quarter of people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have the disease.

You are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes if you are:

  • Obese
  • Have a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • Age 45 or older
  • Developed diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
  • Are not physically active
  • Belong to certain racial or ethnic groups. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes.

Click the link below to watch the informative video:

“Blood Sugar & Fears”