Free Diabetes Risk Test on American Diabetes Association Alert Day 3/25

Dr. Reema Patel smBy: Dr. Reema Patel

The American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people.

Held this year on Tuesday, March 25, the Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. The test can be taken by visiting www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/

Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider. For every test taken, Boar’s Head Brand® will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 25 through April 25, 2014, up to $50,000.

Diabetes occurs because of the inability of the body to either make or properly use insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps in the absorption of glucose from the blood stream. Deficiency in the amount or action of insulin results in high blood sugar levels, a tell-tale sign of diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2011 close to 20 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with diabetes, and an estimated seven million still remain undiagnosed.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic leg amputations, new cases of blindness, and a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are high-risk ethnic groups for developing diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes can include increased thirst and frequency of urination, feeling tired, weight loss, blurry vision, tingling/numbness in the hands or feet, and wounds or cuts that heal slower than usual.

RBMC is now an affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s largest diabetes research and clinical care organization

Headquartered in Boston, Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention, research and cure. Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School and comprises the most comprehensive and productive effort in diabetes research under one roof anywhere in the world.

Raritan Bay Medical Center is proud to be a Joslin affiliate, a benefit for individuals living with diabetes in the communities we serve.

With 30‐plus faculty‐level investigators and an annual research budget of $36 million, Joslin researchers focus on unraveling the biological, biochemical and genetic processes that underlie the development of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and related complications.

Joslin research is highly innovative and imaginative, employing the newest tools in genetics, genomics and proteomics to identify abnormalities that may play a role in the development of diabetes and its complications. Joslin Clinic patients, and others with diabetes, have the option of participating in clinical trials to help translate basic research into treatment innovations.

Joslin has one of the largest diabetes training programs in the world, educating 150 M.D. and Ph.D. researchers each year, many of whom go on to head diabetes initiatives at leading institutions all over the globe.

Reema Patel, M.D., is on staff at Raritan Bay Physicians’ Group, PC (RBPG), with offices in Old Bridge and South Amboy, NJ. She is board certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and Internal Medicine. In addition to specializing in the treatment of diabetes, Dr. Patel also treats conditions such as thyroid disease, osteoporosis, menopause, low testosterone, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hirsutism and a variety of other hormonal problems. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu. To make an appointment with Dr. Patel, call 732-360-4070 or 1-800-DOCTORS.

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