• American Diabetes Association at the Indiana State Fair

    August 09, 2012 No comments

    The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight to Stop Diabetes®, will be at the Indiana State Fair August 9-10 to promote type 2 diabetes awareness. Indianapolis was one of five locations chosen nationally for the Association’s CheckUp America pilot program.  This program is designed to find those at risk for and undiagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

    In Indiana, nearly 4% of people living with diabetes are undiagnosed. More than 1.6 million Hoosiers are at high risk for diabetes, but only 9.8% are aware of this risk.

    The Association will distribute the Diabetes Risk Test to fair attendees and discuss risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Those found to be at risk will be encouraged to see their health care provider.  Importantly, volunteers will also distribute materials for CheckUp America, which is the Association’s pilot program aimed at helping people lower their risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

    “Research shows lifestyle modifications, including exercise and dietary changes, can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes in those at risk,” said Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD, and President of the Association’s Community Leadership Board. “Losing 7% of your body weight, which equates to less than 15 pounds for most, can make a significant impact on your health and well-being. With 79 million American adults at risk for type 2 diabetes, programs like CheckUp America are vital to create awareness in communities and stop diabetes before it starts.”

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