Tuesday is designated as a time to sound the “wake-up” call to Americans everywhere about the seriousness of diabetes, which is the fifth leading cause of death.
The idea of Tuesday's alert day is to encourage those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or those with loved ones at risk to take the Diabetes Risk Test. If you score high, then schedule an appointment with your doctor.
You may already have this disease but not realize it. You need to know that facts. As noted previously, of the nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S. who already have diabetes, one-third of those -- or more than 6 million people -- don't know they have it.
It's important to be be aware about this disease, because diabetes can lead to some dangerous complications. For instance, if you have type 2 diabetes, you could get heart disease (cardiovascular disease), blindness (retinopathy), nerve damage (neuropathy), and kidney damage (nephropathy).
By the way, retired basketball player Wayne "Tree" Rollins -- as revealed by MFTV -- is one of those who got the disease but initially didn't know it. Now "Tree" is out there helping to sound the alert.