Throughout my life, I seem to always meet people that have diabetes. I realize that I encounter so many people with diabetes because 9.3% of the United States population, nearly 30 million children and adults, live with diabetes. For me, when I read these kind of nation-wide statistics, I think to myself, “that’s not me,” or “I’m different because I am Asian American.” Unfortunately, I also learned that approximately 9% of Japanese in California have diabetes which is comparable to the general California population.
It is also estimated that another 86 million people have prediabetes, putting them at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Today, the American Diabetes Association is sponsoring Alert Day and is encouraging everyone to take a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment to find out if you are at risk of developing diabetes. This online tool will assess potential risk factors for diabetes in addition to providing tips and tools to manage your risk of developing it later.
I just took the assessment and fortunately found out that my risk for having type 2 diabetes is low.
While taking the assessment, I did learn that men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed diabetes. I also learned that having a family history of diabetes may put me at higher risk for developing it. Although there may be two factors working against me, I know that regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce my risk for developing diabetes later in life.
I encourage you to take the assessment and inspire friends and family to also take action.
If you already have diabetes, are at risk for developing it, or know someone with diabetes, Keiro has resources and classes available for Our Community:
Please visit our website to see upcoming programs we will be offering regarding Diabetes.
 American Diabetes Association. (2014) “National Diabetes Statistics Report.” http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
 California Health Interview Survey. (2011-2014)
About the Author:
Brandon Masashige Leong is the Director of Community Advancement at Keiro. He graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Management. Brandon stays genki by doing Bikram Yoga, snowboarding, hiking, and volunteering.