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Free test determines Type 2 diabetes risk

The American Diabetes Association encourages Western New Yorkers to take a free test to determine their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

“Nearly 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and more than a quarter of them – 8 million – don’t even know they have it,” said Alexandra Murello, director of the Buffalo ADA. “Diabetes can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior.”

The test is anonymous, and can be taken on a smartphone, computer or on paper. It involves simple questions including weight, age and family history. The test is available at diabetes.org/alertNY in English and Spanish. The primary risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of the disease. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk. People with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Treatments – including healthier eating and exercise – often are enough in many of those cases to prevent diabetes. For more information, call 835-0274 or visit diabetes.org.

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