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 2017 was on Tuesday, March 28.
Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population. It’s also estimated that 1 in every 4 persons with diabetes, or 7.2 million Americans are unaware that they have the disease. 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.
If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, take steps to take care of yourself and stay healthy.
- Know your family health history
- Take the first step to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes with Your Game Plan to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
- If you are dealing with a health issue, you may find that you struggle at one time or another. Get started by making a plan and choosing a goal that's right for you.
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Could you have diabetes and not know it? 1 in 4 Americans with diabetes has the disease and does not know. Take the @amdiabetesassn Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test below to find out! #DiabetesAlertDay https://niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/risk-factors-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-risk-test
Take action! Today is #DiabetesAlertDay. Find out if you, or someone you love, is at risk for #Type2Diabetes.Take the @amdiabetesassn Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to find out! https://niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/risk-factors-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-risk-test