American Diabetes Association Alert Day (Tuesday, March 28, 2017): This annual event is a wake-up call for the American public to recognize the seriousness of diabetes. Held annually on the 4th Tuesday of March, the ADA's Alert Day puts special emphasis on the dangers of undiagnosed or untreated cases of type 2 diabetes. Another goal of the event is encourage the masses to take the Diabetes Risk Test. All are urged to complete the test (shouldn't take longer than a minute), share it, and take steps toward living a healthy and active lifestyle. The American Diabetes Association created Alert Day as part of its awareness programs in 1986.
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 further complications. The American Diabetes Association treats Alert Day as an opportunity to help identify the undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes through education and advocacy.
Check out this infographic to learn about why diabetes is a looming threat for many Americans:
American Diabetes Association Alert Day 2017: Type 2 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).
American Diabetes Association Alert Day 2017: About the ADA
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.
American Diabetes Association Alert Day 2017: Dates of Future Alert Days
March 27, 2018
March 26, 2019
March 24, 2020
March 23, 2021
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