diabetes alert day 03-22-2016

Diabetes Alert Day and Why You Need to Pay Attention

It is an inevitable fact of life today – we are all extremely busy! And while putting some things off because of that hectic schedule is okay, your health is NOT one of those things. Putting “me time” on the back burner is a big part of why so many of us feel run-down and overwhelmed. Yet, most of us wouldn’t bat an eye at taking the time for others.

If you are not taking care of you, what risks could you be up against? Did you know that 86 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke? And surprisingly, nearly 90% of those with prediabetes don’t even know that they have it.

Are you or someone you love possibly at risk? This short Q&A will help you figure out if it is likely. Unfortunately, No one is excused from prediabetes. So do yourself a favor and take the test. It only takes a minute!

If you or a loved one ARE at risk, it’s not all bad news. Prediabetes often can be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is key: research shows that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes. Education and awareness could mean the difference in so many lives.

Part of taking care of yourself is being conscious of what you are eating and making sure that you mobilize yourself. We are not saying get up and run a marathon right this second – although, that is a great way to stay healthy! Eat right and move your body – two simple things that could decrease your risk for diabetes.

What Can Physical Activity Do for Me?

  • Helps keep your blood glucose, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides on target
  • Lowers your risk for pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
  • Relieves stress
  • Strengthens your heart, muscles and bones
  • Improves your blood circulation and tones your muscles
  • Keeps your body and your joints flexible


Even if you’ve never exercised before, you can find ways to add physical activity to your day. You’ll get benefits, even if your activities aren’t strenuous. Once physical activity is a part of your routine, you’ll wonder how you did without it.

March 22nd is Diabetes Alert Day. We need to communicate a sense of urgency – it’s time to take action and what better day to spread the message than on Diabetes Alert Day! Share with everyone you know and love and you might just help save a life today.

Armin Brott

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Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, mrdad.com. You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.
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