HEALTH NEWS DEPARTMENT
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), along with the American Diabetes Association, recognizes Tuesday, March 23rd as Diabetes Alert Day. The annual health watch encourages New Mexicans and others across the country to take a quick, free online Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and see if they need to take steps that could prevent or delay this condition.
A family history of diabetes, race / ethnicity, higher body weight, increasing age, smoking, lack of physical activity, high blood pressure, and a history of gestational diabetes are risk factors for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Visit PathstoHealthNM.org to access the free one-minute anonymous Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test
The Department of Health estimates that more than 245,000 adults in New Mexico have diabetes and over 535,000 adults in New Mexico have prediabetes, a condition that precedes type 2 diabetes in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal.
Only three in ten adults in the state know they have prediabetes, which prevents them from taking important steps to prevent or delay diabetes.
NMDOH’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program supports various programs for New Mexicans to prevent and treat prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. The programs offered as part of the Paths to Health NM: Tools for a Healthier Life initiative have been shown to work and improve the quality of life. For more information on the program, visit PathstoHealthNM.org or call (505) 850-0176 or (575) 703-2343.