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American Diabetes Association Alert Day


3/21/2012 - American Diabetes Association Alert Day 

Click to visit to take the risk factor assessmentTuesday, March 27 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day and should be a “wake-up call” in which the public is urged to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

According to Brenda Hoek, registered nurse and diabetes educator at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, “Diabetes Alert Day really should be a “wake-up call”. Especially since the statistics are that one-in-three have prediabetes and one-in-four have diabetes and don’t know it. Taking the Diabetes Risk Test on our website at is an easy, painless and private way to determine your risk factor.”

Linda Ayotte, registered dietitian and diabetes educator suggests, “If the Diabetes Risk Test gives you a high risk assessment, I would recommend you schedule an appointment with your doctor for further screening.” Ayotte continued, “If your doctor finds that you have the signs and symptoms of prediabetes, we’re here to help. We offer counseling, nutrition and cooking classes, and monthly support meetings to help keep you on track and keep symptoms under control.”

In addition to the services offered by the diabetes education department, they will be hosting a free diabetes screening on May 10 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 415 Hospital Drive at the Advanced Wound Center in Ukiah. Services will include blood sugar testing, foot screening by Dr. Kreger, DPM, diabetes care instruction, and tour of the Advanced Wound Center.

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