Pueblo of Laguna

Diabetes Alert Day

Today is Diabetes Alert Day. Provided is some information regarding Diabetes. Attached is a friendly reminder for this evenings class.

American Diabetes Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday of March and this year, it falls on March 26th. It is aimed at raising awareness about the risks and symptoms associated with diabetes among the American public. The holiday is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. The ADA created Alert Day as an awareness program in 1986.

Diabetes occurs when the body’s blood glucose level is too high. This is caused by a deficiency in the insulin produced by the body, which is the hormone that let glucose enter the cells and be used as energy. Excess glucose in the blood can lead to several health problems. The most common types of diabetes are Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational diabetes.

Diabetes Statistics

  • Diabetes currently affects more that 37 million Americans, which is more than 11% of the U.S. population.
  • Of those living with diabetes, 1 in 7 adults – don’t know they have it.
  • In the United States, 9 out of every 10 cases of diabetes can be avoided if healthy lifestyle changes are implemented.

The new Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

Take the Diabetes Risk Test:

We are encouraging Americans to “Take it. Share it.” take the Diabetes Risk Test and share it with everyone you know. With each person that takes the test and knows their risk, the Association is that much closer to stopping diabetes.