March 25th is American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

March 25th is American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Diabetes Alert DayThe fourth Tuesday of March has been declared as American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This year, it takes place on Tuesday, March 25th.   Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.  For every test taken between March 25th through April 25th, Boar’s Head Brand® – a leading provider of premium delicatessen products – will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $50,000.

The theme for the 26th Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day is “Take it.  Share it.  Step Out.”  The public is encouraged to take the risk test and share it, and also to start living a healthy and active lifestyle.  One way to do this is by joining one of the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® events nationwide. Step Out events happen mainly in October, but what better way to get active now than by gearing up for a walk event.

Why is this important?

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes over 25 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them do not even know they have it.  An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even
deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke,
amputation and death.

The American Diabetes Association has made a strong commitment to primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of prediabetes and actively engaging individuals in preventative behaviors like weight loss, physical
activity and healthful eating.  Alert Day is a singular moment in time in which we can raise awareness and prompt action among the general public – particularly those at risk.

What is the Diabetes Risk Test?

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

The risk test is available on the American Diabetes Association website. Click here to begin the test online, or you can download and print out a pdf version.

You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Stay at a healthy weight, eat well and be active. With these steps, you can stay healthier longer and lower your risk of diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association recommends all persons with diabetes have a medical ID with you at all times.  Medical IDs are usually worn as a bracelet or a necklace. Traditional IDs are etched with basic, key health information about the person, and some IDs now include compact USB drives that can carry a person’s full medical record for use in an emergency.

Source: American Diabetes Association