“It’s such a simple step to get screened for diabetes, a disease whose signs and symptoms are not always obvious,” said Chris Noth. “My good friend lived with diabetes for a long time without knowing he had it. Getting diagnosed and talking to his doctor about treatment options gave him the motivation to start making positive changes to improve his health. If you’re 45 or older, take a minute to ask questions, get screened and know what to do about diabetes.”
Today, nearly 1 in 12 Americans has diabetes and a third of the people with the disease do not know they have it. According to an analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. With early detection and treatment, serious health complications of diabetes and prediabetes can be prevented or delayed. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to a long list of health complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure, blindness, nerve problems and amputations.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that those who are 45 years or older get tested for diabetes once every three years, in particular those who are overweight and have one or more risk factors such as family history of diabetes, lack of regular exercise, high blood pressure, having had diabetes during a pregnancy or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds, or are members of particular race/ethnicity (African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders).
This public service announcement is part of the ongoing Ask.Screen.Know. campaign sponsored by Novo Nordisk. The campaign aims to reach the estimated 7 million Americans who are living with diabetes, but are unaware that they have it. In addition to a national public service announcement, the campaign will reach the public through a dedicated website where visitors can take a risk assessment test, learn about the specific benefits of diabetes screening and get links to diabetes resources. The website can be accessed at http://www.askscreenknow.com/.
With the launch of this new public service announcement, Noth becomes the latest celebrity ambassador to join the Ask.Screen.Know. program. The program launched in 2009 with Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis and her husband, actor Louis Zorich.