On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 we will be celebrating American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Alert Day. This is a national health day that is observed annually every March on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Diabetes Alert Day is used as a day to spread awareness and spotlight the magnitude of diabetes and the importance of knowing your risk. Find out if you or someone you love is at risk for type 2 diabetes by educating yourself.
The Facts About Diabetes
Did You Know that diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans and that nearly 1 in 4 adults living with diabetes, are unaware that they even have diabetes?
Another 84 million Americans have prediabetes, which is a condition where one’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes are unaware that they are prediabetic.
These facts make it very clear that the importance of understanding your risks is crucial. The earlier you know you’re at risk, the earlier you can take steps to avoid or manage your diabetes. Do you have a family history of diabetes? If so, you have a larger probability of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are over the age of 45, are overweight, or are not physically active.
Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke, as opposed to those without diabetes. This is because over time, high blood glucose - or high blood sugar - from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart.
The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes can also help lower your chances of having heart disease or stroke. For instance:
- Stop smoking or using other tobacco products.
- Manage your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
- Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits, such as being more physically active and learning ways to manage stress.
- Take medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
All of these points above are necessary steps to help keep your diabetes under control, and to help prevent further diseases from diabetes.
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