Diabetes Alert Day
American Diabetes Association Alert Day
®, observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, is a one-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 2016 is on Tuesday, March 22.
Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans or about 9 percent of the United States population. It's also estimated that one in every four persons with diabetes is unaware that they have the disease.
Did you know that if you have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes? That means if you have a mother, father, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes, you have a greater chance of getting the disease.
To find a Diabetes Prevention Program near you, visit: nccd.cdc.gov/DDT_DPRP/Programs.aspx
In Michigan, it is estimated that 37% of adults have prediabetes which is a condition where people have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing diabetes.
Find out if you have other risk factors that can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes:
Take a short online test in English or Spanish at www.DoIHavePrediabetes.org to learn your risk.