Tuesday is Diabetes Alert Day – Take the Risk Assessment Here

News Staff

Tuesday, March 22 is the annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day.  

Alert Day is held every fourth Tuesday in March, and is a “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  According to the ADA, studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating.


Here’s some important information about Diabetes from the ADA:

•    Diabetes is a deadly disease that strikes nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S.  

•    More than one quarter of those with the disease – eight million – do not know they have it.   

•    An additional 86 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  

•    Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

•    Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop.  Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.  

Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes: 
     • People who are overweight
     • People who are under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) 
     • People who are over the age of 45 
     • People who have a family history of diabetes 

The following segments of the population are at greater risk for having undiagnosed diabetes:

     • Older Americans: As people grow older, they are at an increased risk for developing diabetes.  One out of every four Americans 65 and older has diabetes.  
     • High risk ethnic populations: African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islander are also at an increased risk for developing diabetes

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