Observed countrywide every year on the fourth Tuesday in March, American Diabetes Association Alert Day is aimed at encouraging people to learn about their risk for diabetes and pre-diabetes and how they can improve their health. In 2018, this one-day “wake up call” falls on March 27.
According to the Diabetes Statistics Report (2017 report) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30.3 million people in the US suffer from diabetes (9.4% of the US population), with 23.1 million people who are diagnosed and 7.2 million people who are undiagnosed. It is estimated that 84.1 million adults (33.9% of the adult U.S. population) have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes among US adults. The good news is that healthy lifestyle modifications can help reverse risk of diabetes.
Diabetes Alert Day aims to educate the general public about the symptoms and risk factors associated with the condition and identify people who remain undiagnosed. Most cases of diabetes go undiagnosed for years, even after the onset of the disease. This awareness campaign is fundamental in educating people about Type2 diabetes, catch it in early stages, or even prevent it if possible.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is encouraging people to take the “Diabetes Risk Test” and find out if they are at risk of developing this chronic condition. The test requires you to answer a series of questions about your weight, age, family history and other risk factors for developing the condition. Preventive steps/measures are recommended for people who are at high risk which involves adopting a lifestyle that incorporates a healthy diet and regular physical exercise.
The ADA is urging people to participate in workplace-friendly activities that will teach them about reversing the risk for diabetes. Hospitals, healthcare centers, companies, and other types of medical facilities across the nation will host seminars, discussions, and presentations, and share information on social media to raise public awareness about diabetes.
For people looking to shed the pounds, this is the ideal time to get enrolled in a weight loss session. Multispecialty healthcare centers in Brooklyn offer weight loss programs based on effective alternative therapies combined with nutritional and psychological evaluation and guidance.
Take action and join the movement to stop diabetes. Make healthy lifestyle changes and encourage others to do so too.