Alert Day For Diabetes
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 13:08
The American Diabetes Association with the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists joined together to present NDSU with “Alert Day” to bring attention to Type 2 diabetes on March 26.
Insulin, a hormone found in the body, allows blood sugar to pass in the cells and then be turned to energy. Type 2 diabetes prevents the body from creating insulin.
Some common symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include any Type 1 symptoms, frequent infections, blurred vision, cuts or bruises that are slow to heal, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet and recurring skin, gum or bladder infections.
Because Type 2 diabetes does not usually show the common symptoms, the American Diabetes Association encourages people to take the Diabetes Risk Test.
“Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating,” stated the American Diabetes Prevention Facts. “By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.”
Students and faculty were able to take a Diabetes Risk Test to see if they were at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The test asked simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or type 2.Student Pharmacists, who had been trained and educated on the characteristics of diabetes, set up a contact table in the Union. They also offered a full foot exam in the privacy of the Lark Room. The foot exam is a thorough assessment of the feet that taught students and faculty the requirements to sustain and avert conditions related with diabetic neuropathy.
“Diabetes continues to be a growing problem in the United States. In North Dakota, more than 37,000 people live with the disease,” stated the Program Dining with Diabetes webpage.
People should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. “People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease,” said the American Diabetes Prevention for Alert Day. “African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian, Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.”