Not sure if you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) wants to help you with its “Alert Day,” slated for March 28.
The ADA has a free, quick, and anonymous risk test available you can use to find if you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes. If you are, their site can help you learn how to decrease your risk. Certainly there are many outlets, that offer good information, tips to help you maintain a healthy weight, make better food choices, incorporate exercise and ways to maintain motivation. To reclaim and maintain your health you’ll need to identify what works best for you. Could be a supportive friend who will take a daily walk with you or a one day a week dinner party with friends interested in healthy cooking–let it be unique to you.
Whether you take a holistic approach or a more traditional one, we believe Alert Day serves a critical function in bringing a much needed awareness to the diabetes epidemic. The CDC estimates that 29 million Americans have diabetes yet only 21 million have been diagnosed. That means that 8.1 million remain undiagnosed.
If you’re concerned that one of them could be you
Schedule a dental exam and hygiene visit.
The latest science indicates that dentists can play a vital role in diagnosing diabetes. If you have gum disease, science now indicates it could mean you already have diabetes or that it’s immanent.
See another health care provider.
A health care provider can evaluate and monitor your level of risk. They can also support you in developing a lifestyle that may improve your disease profile. This is critical because diabetes is a disease of chronic inflammation. As such, it affects the entire body. Systematically, it has been linked other diseases of chronic inflammation, such as
- Cardiovascular disease.
- Some cancers.
- Periodontal disease.
Do your research and make necessary changes.
There is good information out there. Through the years, we’ve put together our own library on health and wellness. Much of it is geared toward eating better, exercising more, and improving diseases of chronic inflammation. Since the health of your mouth is vital to your overall health, we’ve made it easy to search our blog by topic anytime. Here’s a sampling of entries that can help you learn more about the systematic nature of diabetes. Check them out, because whether it’s March 28th’s Alert Day, or any other day, we think it makes for some pretty good reading:
- Treating gum Disease May Lower Blood Sugar Levels
- Dietary Balm for Gum Disease
- Obesity & Oral Disease: A Weighty Connection
- From Wolf to Gingerbread Man: Gum Disease & Exercise
- Sugar Lies: The Bitter Truth
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