25 March 2014
oday is the 26th annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day, an opportunity to help raise awareness around type 2 diabetes and encourage people to take this quick ADA test to determine if they are at risk. As part of this initiative, the ADA also invites people to engage in an active lifestyle, including participating in one or more of the many Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® events taking place in cities nationwide.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S., with type 2 diabetes accounting for approximately 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases. Many people with diabetes are unaware of their condition; according to the CDC, 7 million Americans who are living with diabetes remain undiagnosed.
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in younger people as well. Learn if you are at risk by visiting the ADA on Facebook, diabetes.org/risktest or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).