The American Diabetes Association has launched the "Join the Million Challenge" campaign in order to spread awareness of diabetes and prompt older adults to get screenings for the disease. The goal is for one million Americans to undergo testing from March 22 to April 22.
Diabetes is a condition that can affect many of those who are enjoying their retirement living.
Almost a quarter of Americans with diabetes - 7 million people - aren't aware that they have it, which could lead to serious health consequences.
Additionally, 79 million Americans have prediabetes, which can lead to diabetes if not carefully monitored. Being over the age of 45, sedentary or overweight are all considered risk factors for the disease.
One easy way to prevent diabetes is to lose weight - this means that, if one weighs 200 pounds, losing 15 pounds could drastically reduce the risk of developing the condition.
The Affordable Healthcare for America Act has made it easier than ever for older adults to receive diabetes screening and it won't cost them a thing. A senior living a healthy lifestyle may want to join the Million Challenge by making a doctor's appointment today.