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22nd Annual American Diabetes Association Alert DaySM 2010 March 10, 2010

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What is American Diabetes Association Alert Day? 

American Diabetes Association Alert Day is a one-day, “wake-up” call asking the American public – “What will you do to Stop DiabetesSM?  Know your risk.”  Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the 22nd annual Diabetes Alert Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, 2010. On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will encourage people to join the Stop Diabetes movement by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Why is Diabetes Alert Day important?

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States. An additional 57 million, or one in five Americans have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes is named the “silent killer” because nearly one-fourth of those with the disease – 5.7 million – do not know they have it.  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. 

Why should participate in Diabetes Alert Day?

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 disease.  African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. 

How does Diabetes Alert Day work?

On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will ask the American public “What will you do to Stop Diabetes? Know your risk.”  The Association will encourage people to join the Stop Diabetes movement by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.  The Diabetes Risk Test shows users whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for type 2 diabetes.  If they are at high risk, they are encouraged to talk with their health care provider.

Diabetes Alert Day will help to further the Association’s goal of recruiting one million people to join the Stop Diabetes movement by end of 2010.

 

How does one obtain the Association’s Diabetes Risk Test and

additional information? 

Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 5-7% of body weight through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating.  You can join the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish), healthy lifestyle tips and more by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visiting www.stopdiabetes.com.   Although Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available all year long.

Who is the primary target audience?

Americans with pre-diabetes

There are an estimated 57 million, or one in five Americans who have pre-diabetes.  Those with pre-diabetes have blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 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.

Americans with undiagnosed diabetes

The following segments of the population are at greater risk for having undiagnosed diabetes:

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