Campaign, website take on issue of prediabetes

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One in three American adults — including many truck drivers — has pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Pre-diabetes is a precursor to Type 2 Pre-diabetes, and occurs when a person’s blood glucose level is higher than normal without being high enough to be considered diabetes.

To bring attention to pre-diabetes, the Ad Council, American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to launch the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention campaign under the message: “No one is excused from pre-diabetes.” 

As part of the campaign, the organizations created a pre-diabetes test that individuals can take online. The test gauges whether they may have pre-diabetes based off of their answers to seven questions.

“I think the scary thing is that this really touches everyone — one in three could be your brother or sister, your best friend or partner,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “Our hope is that this online test and other campaign materials make it easy for people to know where they stand, and will motivate them to take steps to reverse their condition.”

You can take the pre-diabetes risk assessment test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. The site offers tips and advice on how to reverse pre-diabetes, as well.