Tuesday, March 27 - 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day is observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March. It is a wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated.
Did You Know?
- Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population.
- Nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes, or 7.2 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
- Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
- Nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
If you have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are over age 45, are overweight, or are not physically active.
Assess Your Risk
- Take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you may be at risk for diabetes or prediabetes.