March 9, 2010
Americans are urged to join the movement to Stop Diabetes on American Diabetes Association Alert Day.
WHAT: On the 22nd annual American Diabetes Association 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 and, if they are at high risk, to speak with their health care provider.
WHO: The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
WHY: Diabetes is a devastating disease that affects nearly 24 million Americans. Nearly 6 million Americans are unaware they have diabetes. An additional 57 million, or one in five Americans have pre-diabetes, which puts them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, one in three children born today will face a future with diabetes. Among the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 5-7 percent of body weight through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating.
The Diabetes Risk Test is available in English and Spanish by visiting stopdiabetes.com or calling 1-800-DIABETES.