Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. What’s worse, you might be one of them and not even realize it yet. Did you know most people aren’t even diagnosed with diabetes until seven to 10 years after they get it? That’s because it takes so long for the symptoms to get bad. And they get really bad. We’re talking heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

So, how do you stay protected? Try this:

  • Lose 7% of your body weight.
  • Exercise five days a week.
  • Eat healthy.

And visit UAB HealthSmart for a health screening, or take the American Diabetes Association's Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to determine your own risks.

For more information, visit the American Diabetes Association, or contact local diabetes experts at Equal Access Birmingham.