Diabetes Alert Day

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day®, observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, is a 1-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated.

Diabetes Alert Day 2018 was observed on Tuesday, March 27.

Did You Know?

  • Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes, or 7.2 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
  • Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • Nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

If you have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are over age 45, are overweight, or are not physically active.

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Take Action

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, take steps to take care of yourself and stay healthy.


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