March 23 is Diabetes Alert Day.

This one-day “wake-up call” reminds us about diabetes and the serious health issues it can cause. Diabetes can lead to heart disease, vision loss, kidney disease and loss of toes, feet or legs.

Sometimes you don’t even notice the symptoms of diabetes. Symptoms can occur gradually over several years, especially if you develop type 2 diabetes.

In the United States, about 1 in 10 people has diabetes and prediabetes affects 1 in 3 people. Prediabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.

Take Control of Your Health.

Take the one-minute Prediabetes Risk Test to check your risk. If you score high on this risk test, there is a strong chance you could have prediabetes. However, only a blood test by your healthcare provider can determine an official diagnosis.

The good news is that prediabetes can be managed. Joining a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program can help you take steps to manage prediabetes and prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

“It’s not about how long you live. It’s about how well you live,” said program participant Cynthia Johnson. See short video testimonials, including Johnson and other participants.

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can take steps to take control of your health.