Sunday, March 22, 2009


What is American Diabetes Alert Day?
The American Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day, “wake-up” call to inform the American public about
the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Held on the
fourth Tuesday of every March, the 21st annual American Diabetes Alert Day is scheduled for
Tuesday, March 24, 2009.
Why is Diabetes Alert Day important?
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 24 million children and adults in the U.S. It 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 diseases, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.
Who should participate in the 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, Latinos, Native Americans and people who have a family history of the
disease are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
How does the Diabetes Alert Day work?
On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will "Sound the Alert" about the dangers
of diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test requires 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 diabetes. If they are at high risk, they
are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider.
How does one obtain the Association's Diabetes Risk Test?
The American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Risk Test is free and is available in both English and
Spanish by calling 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) or by visiting the web Although
Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available all year long.
I have type 2 diabetes so I know how important this is....Please if you are at risk take the test...

1 comment:

Terry said...

Hi Sue!
I've been looking at your wonderful recipes! They look so yummy!
I wanted to thank you for the prim grass. It arrived safely and I've already been decorated with it. Love it!
Thank you so much!