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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About Christy

Christy Vacchio is a former teacher and now Science Instructional Coach in Cincinnati. She is an avid reader and researcher. While she has her bachelor's and master's degrees in education, she plans to get her PhD in Neuroscience in the future. She hopes to participate in research on Neonatal Diabetes and Developmental Delays one day.

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