American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day®

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day® is an annual observance that takes place on the fourth Tuesday in March. This year, it will be observed on March 23, 2021. Diabetes Alert Day serves as “wake-up call” that focuses on educating the public on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk.

You can find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking this quick and simple Diabetes Risk Test. We encourage you to share this test with your friends, family members, and employees, especially this year as it has been proven that those with diabetes are more likely to have serious symptoms and complications from COVID-19.

Know the Facts

Listed below are facts and statistics from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control about diabetes that you need to know:

  • Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest-growing chronic diseases.
  • Adults with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Diabetes affects about 34.2 million Americans, about 10.5% of the U.S. population.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 adults living with diabetes, or 7.3 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
  • Approximately 88 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes.
  • More than 84% of people living with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
  • On average, the medical expenses of people with diabetes is more than two times higher than it would be if they didn’t have diabetes.
  • Roughly 50% of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.

Take Control of Your Health

The first step in taking control of your health is to take the Diabetes Risk Test. It is also important to be aware of your family history and talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes. The positive thing is, you can delay and even prevent type 2 diabetes. There are many ways you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, including managing your weight, staying active and eating a healthy and nutritious diet.

Ask your health care professional about what other changes you can make to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and visit NIDDK to get started with Your Game Plan to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

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