Monday, March 24, 2014

Why Diabetes Alert Day?

Tomorrow marks the 23rd annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a day when the American Diabetes Association urges people to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test. Last year alone, over 39,000 people took the risk test on Alert Day, and during the month of March, over 148,000 took the test. Of those 148,000 participants, 37 percent were found to be at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 

Why is Alert Day Important?

Diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
In the next 24 hours, diabetes will claim the lives of 200 people.
That's 1,400 friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members.
Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
By the numbers:
1 in 12 Americans has it.
1 in 4 who have it don’t know it.
1 in 3 are at risk of developing it.

The first step to prevent type 2 diabetes is to understand your risk. The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. It takes only 60 seconds, and it could save your life, or the life of someone you love. Take it. Share it. Step Out.

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