American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.

As the daughter and granddaughter of Type 2 diabetics and the mother of Neonatal Diabetics, I am well aware of the signs of diabetes.  Unfortunately, I have also been the witness to the complications of Type 2 diabetes.  You would think that I would be one of the healthiest women because of this knowledge but I’m not. 

I took the ADA test today and found out my risk is Medium.  My risk factors are family history, low activity level, and a higher than normal BMI.  It’s not like I didn’t know this before but seeing it in black and white kind of makes me sick to my stomach.  I know I need to exercise more and lose weight.  I’ve lost 4 pounds since the beginning of the year, but I also know I’m not doing enough. 

Like most parents of children with a chronic illness, I hyper-focus on my children’s health, but only spend about 5 minutes thinking about my own health.  I don’t take good care of myself.  But I am slowly doing better each and every day.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been cooking healthier food (i.e. whole grain, low/no sugar, lower fat, lower sodium, higher fiber and protein).  In fact I’ve only done take-out food one night in the last 11 or so days and that was the day I spent 4 hours at the car dealer waiting for my van to be fixed.  I was even proud of myself when we went out to eat Sunday after church.  I ordered the healthiest thing they had on the menu and it was only 320 calories and very healthy!

I’m not saying I plan on being perfect in my eating habits.  I know myself.  I know my weaknesses.  But I can start making a conscious decision to make healthier choices for myself and my family.  If I want to live to see my children’s children’s children (which I plan on doing), I will have to get healthy and active.

Take this test, make healthier choices, see your doctor for a physical every year (oops, need to make my appointment, LOL).  Know the risk, know the signs.

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