Free diabetes risk test available Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — Type 2 diabetes often goes undetected in its early stages, but next week everyone will get a chance to assess their risk for this serious disease by taking a quick, free test.

The American Diabetes Association will offer the diabetes risk test on Tuesday, and it takes less than a minute to run through the questions, says Nicole Simmons, spokeswoman for the association in Springfield.

It involves answering questions about age, weight, family history and other risk factors. Those who learn they are at risk can discuss their findings with their health care providers.

About one-quarter of people with diabetes don't know they have it, according to the diabetes association. But early diagnosis is critical to treat or delay such complications as blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation or even death.

The risk test can be accessed online at stopdiabetes.com, or on the phone toll-free by calling 1-800-342-2383.

On Tuesday in Champaign County, information about diabetes and the risk test is available for anyone to pick up at Avicenna Community Health Center, 507 S. Second St., C, Carle at 1813 W. Kirby Ave., C, Frances Nelson Health Center, 819 Bloomington Road, C and Provena Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St., U., according to the diabetes association.

Chrisite Clinic will have information available at its 1801 W. Windsor Road, C facility from 1 to 4 p.m., spokeswoman Karen Blatzer said.

Some facts to know about diabetes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2011:

— There were 1.9 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed among people age 20 and older in 2010, and if current trends continue, one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050.

— For adults, diabetes is the leading new cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations of feet and legs not resulting from accidents or injury.

— A person who has diabetes has a shorter life expectancy.

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