A chronic disease with many severe complications, diabetes is a serious concern in the United States. In order to generate awareness about the impact of diabetes, its causes and complications, “American Diabetes Alert Day” is observed countrywide on the last Tuesday of March every year. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), this one-day event alerts Americans about the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, and encourages everyone to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test., and participate in workplace-friendly activities that will teach them about reversing the risk for diabetes. In 2019, this Diabetes Alert Day falls on March 26.
Diabetes-related complications include stroke, high blood pressure, vision loss, kidney failure, heart disease, lower limb amputation and premature death. Diabetic neuropathy, a common nerve disorder caused by poor blood sugar control, affects up to half of all diabetic patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30 million Americans have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is estimated that about 90-95 percent of people with diabetes in the US have Type 2 diabetes. Nine out of 10 Americans at risk for Type 2 diabetes don’t know about it. Potential risk factors associated with the condition include – age, excess body fat, genetics or family history of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Most cases of diabetes go undiagnosed for years, even after the onset of the disease. American Diabetes Alert Day aims to alert the general public about the major symptoms and risk factors of Type 2 diabetes. The good news is that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications.
Type 2 diabetes is thought to result from a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. Making healthy lifestyle choices can help control and also prevent Type 2 diabetes. For instance, the weight loss programs offered by professional healthcare centers are a great option to lose excess pounds.
Diabetes Alert Day urges the general public to take the ADA’s (American Diabetes Association) “Diabetes Risk Test” and find out if they are at risk of developing diabetes. The free, anonymous risk test offered by ADA only takes a minute to complete. By answering questions such as “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?” participants can learn if they’re at risk for Type 2 diabetes in just 60 seconds.
Multi-specialty healthcare centers, hospitals and other type of medical facilities across the nation will host a series of seminars, discussions, and presentations, and share information on different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter to raise public awareness about diabetes.