Today, the Diabetes.org website is celebrating its 21st annual American Diabetes Alert Day. American Diabetes Alert day began 21 years ago as a way of providing people with a “wake-up call” so to speak. It is an opportunity for people to become more aware of the disease that is Diabetes.
Here is an excerpt from the Diabetes.org website:
Why is Diabetes Alert Day important?
* 23.6 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes
* Nearly one-quarter of those do not know they have diabetes
* One in five Americans is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes
For many, diagnosis may come seven to ten years after the onset of the disease. 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.
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle), and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the diseasee. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and people who have a family history of the disease are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will “Sound the Alert” about the dangers of diabetes. To help people better recognize their own risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to take the Diabetes Risk Test which requires users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test shows users whether they are at low, moderate, or high risk for diabetes. If they are at high risk, they are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider.
There are many ways that you can do your part in the fight against Diabetes. You can become a volunteer and assist in the fight against diabetes. Or you could become a corporate sponsor and provide both financial and advertising support for the disease.
Every day we get better awareness, but it could not be done without your help. Make sure to let other people know about Diabetes. Encourage friends and family to get checked out for all of their sakes.