Diabetes Alert Day

Diabetes Alert Day® is on March 28, 2023! Observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March by the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. We encourage you to find out if you—or someone you love—are at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking this quick and simple Diabetes Risk Test.

Did You Know?

  • 37.3 million Americans—or about 11.3% of the U.S. population—have diabetes.1
  • 8.5 million Americans, or about 1 in 5 people, are unaware that they have diabetes.
  • Approximately 96 million people ages 18 or older have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • More than 8 in 10 adults living with prediabetes don’t know they have it.2
  • About half of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that women develop when they are pregnant.3
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Understand Your Risk

The sooner you know if you’re at risk, the sooner you can take steps to prevent or manage diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes, are overweight, or are not physically active, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes as you get older. All adults ages 35 or older should get tested for diabetes and prediabetes.

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Take Control of Your Health

If you have or are at risk for diabetes, taking action to keep healthy is important.

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Get the Facts

Knowing more about diabetes means knowing how you can improve and maintain your health.


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Last Reviewed August 2023
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