The American Diabetes Association Urges Americans to Learn Their Diabetes Risk and Take a Minute for their Loved Ones on March 27

Arlington, Virginia
March 20, 2018

Alert Day® Aims to Increase Awareness about the Importance of Early Type 2 Diabetes Detection

ARLINGTON, Va. (March 20, 2018) – On Tuesday, March 27, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) asks everyone to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test for themselves or for a loved one to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes for Alert Day. Almost half of all Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, which means if you don’t have diabetes and are not at risk, you probably know someone who is. One in three Americans has prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Without active intervention through lifestyle change, including exercise and nutrition, prediabetes almost always progresses to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes can result in dangerous complications, including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, amputations and blindness. Early intervention is the first step on a path to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

An estimated 84 million American adults have prediabetes, but 90% of them are undiagnosed. The Risk Test, a 60-second series of questions such as “do you have a family history of diabetes,” and “are you physically active,” calculates an individual’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those whose score indicates increased risk are urged to schedule an appointment with their health care provider for further testing. 

WHAT: American Diabetes Association Alert Day

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

WHERE: Individuals are urged to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test online wherever they are nationwide.

Additional Information: Members of the media are encouraged to take the Risk Test on-air or via their social media channels. ADA spokespeople are also available for interviews about the Risk Test. Please contact the ADA media relations team at press@diabetes.org to arrange time with an expert. 

Participants are also encouraged to participate in Alert Day by downloading campaign images and sharing them on their social media channels. 

Alert Day is sponsored nationally by Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness and CVS Pharmacy. For more information and resources for the ADA’s Alert Day, click here.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn). 

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