Take the diabetes risk assessment – it’s worth it!

 

Around the world, the number of people with diabetes is growing. In Canada, over two million people are living with diabetes and over 6 million people have a condition called pre-diabetes. If left untreated, this can turn into type 2 diabetes, which can lead to serious health problems such as loss of sight, as well as heart and kidney disease.

Diabetes affects the body’s ability to use the energy it gets from food. After eating a meal, the body changes foods such as milk, fruit and grain products into glucose, a type of sugar. The sugar then travels into blood where it waits for insulin (a hormone) to help move it out of the blood and into cells where it can be used as energy. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes. This causes high levels of sugar in the blood, which can lead to serious health issues over time.

The good news is, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Take the Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire to find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. If you have any risk factors contact your health care provider to set up an appointment for more information.

Knowing your risk and taking action are the first steps in preventing type 2 diabetes. Read on to find out how you can lower your risk.