It’s Alert Day®

Today is American Diabetes Association® Alert Day®.  Alert Day 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.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them—seven million—do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop.  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.

The American Diabetes Association has made a strong commitment to primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of prediabetes and actively engaging individuals in preventative behaviors like weight loss, physical activity and healthful eating.

Don’t Wait – Take action TODAY to potentially avoid type 2.  Join the Stop Diabetes® movement by taking the American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test * and discuss the results with your doctor.

*For every Diabetes Risk Test taken on either www.diabetes.org/alert or stopdiabetes.com or on Facebook, Boar’s Head® – a leading provider of premium delicatessen products – will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association from March 26 through April 9, 2013, up to $50,000.