On March 22, CarePro Pharmacies will be offering free glucose screenings in participation with the American Diabetes Association’s Alert day.
What is American Diabetes Association Alert Day?
American Diabetes Association Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day “wake-up” call asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Association is asking the public to “Join the Million Challenge” by rallying one million people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes beginning on Diabetes Alert Day on March 22, 2011 through April 22, 2011.
Why is Alert Day important?
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. An additional 79 million, or one in five Americans have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those with prediabetes have blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is called a “silent killer” because more than one-fourth of those with the disease – 7 million – do not know they have it. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. 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.
Who should participate in 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, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7% of body weight (15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and health y eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Community Health Charities Partner Agency
The American Diabetes Association is a Community Health Charities partner agency. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.