CHICAGO, Ill. (Aug. 1, 2017) – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risks to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes are not aware they have the condition.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), and the CDC, along with the Ad Council, are releasing new PSAs to build on a successful campaign that helped hundreds of thousands of Americans learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The new, lighthearted PSAs offer viewers a “perfect way to spend a minute” where they can take the one-minute prediabetes risk test.
As a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention programs, Retrofit is proud to lend its support to the campaign, which raises the urgency of prediabetes and emphasizes that prediabetes can often be reversed through everyday lifestyle changes. The campaign encourages people to take a short online test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org to learn their risk and speak with their doctor to confirm their diagnosis. The website features lifestyle tips and connects visitors to the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
“As a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program provider, Retrofit supports this effort to raise awareness about prediabetes and prevent the devastating complications associated with diabetes,” said Mary Pigatti, CEO, Retrofit.
Prediabetes can often be reversed through weight loss, diet changes, and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is critical, as research shows that people are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes once they are aware of their condition. A rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes presents a significant threat to Chicago, increasing complications from the disease and associated healthcare costs. In an effort to reverse this trend, Retrofit is supporting the national effort and working to make an impact through providing our CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program to those in need.
Additional information on the campaign is available online at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.