Tuesday is Diabetes Alert Day and area residents are being urged to take a simple, online survey to determine if they might be headed down a hazardous path.
Katie Jones, program manager at the Iowa Department of Public Health, says it only takes a minute to complete the test.
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The website is: Do I Have Prediabetes-dot-org.
Jones says about one in every three Iowans are pre-diabetic and most of them don’t know it.
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About one in 12 Iowans have diabetes and one in four have it and don’t know it.
By knowing your risk level, Jones says Iowans can make a few key lifestyle changes to stave off type 2 diabetes.
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Pre-diabetes can often be reversed through modest weight loss — 5 to 7 percent of body weight — and making small changes to increase healthy eating and moderate physical activity.