For 25 years, the American Diabetes Association has set aside today – Diabetes Alert Day - to help folks learn if they are at risk for developing the most common type of diabetes, type 2. It is a growing epidemic in this country – well, actually worldwide because it is so closely connected to obesity. We want an early diagnosis of diabetes, since early treatment means delaying or avoiding complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, and stroke.Are you at risk for developing diabetes? These put you at risk….. excess weight, age, and having a family history of diabetes.If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, it does not mean that you will develop type 2 diabetes any time soon. It really depends what you do with your lifestyle habits:make changes in your diet with a modest amount of unrefined carbohydrate foods, lose weight if you need to, and enjoy regular exercise. Follow the 30/5 exercise rule: 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week. Friday, March 29 Diabetes Resources: www.stopdiabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES.