RTV6 teams up with the American Diabetes Association for Alert Day

Diabetes risk test offered free of charge

INDIANAPOLIS - RTV6 is teaming up with the American Diabetes Association to offer Hoosiers the opportunity to get tested for Type 2 diabetes free of charge.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day is held on the fourth Tuesday in March and acts as a wake-up call for people who may be at risk for the disease. This year's Alert Day theme is "Take it. Share it."

Medical experts say those who are at risk include people who are overweight, under active, and those who have a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders are also at a higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

On March 26, the ADA will encourage the public to take the diabetes risk test, as well as to share the test with friends, family members and colleagues. With each person that takes the test and knows their risk, the ADA is that much closer to stopping diabetes.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.  Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

For more information about the free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) visit Facebook, stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).  Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

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