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Diabetes Alert Day 2019: Raising Awareness About Undiagnosed Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Alert Day! is here. On this day, occurring every year on the fourth Tuesday in March, the nation comes together to bring attention to the risks associated with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

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dLife speaks with Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the American Diabetes Association to find out more about Alert Day! And why it’s such an important day for every American.

Why is ADA’s Alert Day so important?

Today, 1 in 3 adults is at risk for type 2 diabetes and 90% don’t know it. It’s critical that we work together to urge all Americans to know their risk and find ways to achieve disruptive change to meet the scale of the problem. We urge all Americans to know their risk for diabetes by taking the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.

Does ADA see this campaign as useful?

Absolutely! In fact, given the importance of this effort, we have decided to evolve the Alert Day campaign from a one-day campaign to a year-round effort aimed at decreasing the number of people who develop diabetes through screening.

Do enough people take the online risk test?
Until we are able to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic, there is still more work to be done, and part of that effort involves continuing to urge people to know their risk for diabetes by taking the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.

Are enough people aware of being checked for diabetes?

We know that 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and nearly 90% of them don’t know they have it. It is our goal to increase awareness about the diabetes epidemic, and we will continue to sound the alarm and encourage people to know their risk for diabetes.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share?

The good news is early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes. We urge everyone to take the Risk Test and share it with their friends and family today. The ADA came up with the quick online risk test so individuals can better understand how various risk factors like age, blood pressure, and race and ethnicity affect the risk for Type 2 diabetes in 1993.

The risk test is unique because it uses only health information that respondents would easily know about themselves without needing a blood test.The test responses are combined to calculate a risk score of 1 to 10, which can help inform people who have a high score (≥5) of their increased risk for diabetes.

Each year, the ADA asks healthcare professionals to help spread the word to patients.Do your part by encouraging friends and family to take the Type 2 diabetes risk test or download printable versions here in both English and Spanish.

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