What is 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. Another goal of the event is to encourage more people to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are urged to take the risk test, share it, and start living a healthy and active lifestyle. Diabetes Alert Day 2016 is on Tuesday, March 22. The American Diabetes Association created Alert Day as part of its awareness programs in 1986. It has been a part of their growing diabetes education and prevention efforts in the United States ever since.
What is the Diabetes Risk Test?
To help people better recognize their own risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association provides the Diabetes Risk Test, asking users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider. You can get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting www.diabetes.org/risktest or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
Why is this Important?
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million Americans. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless more people take the steps to prevent diabetes. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to ten 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 is fighting to stop diabetes and takes the opportunity of Alert Day to help identify those who are undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, by educating people about diabetes risk factors and warning signs.
What is the American Diabetes Association?
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to prevent diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Dates of Future Alert Days:
March 22, 2016
March 28, 2017
March 27, 2018
March 26, 2019