March 26 is Diabetes Alert Day

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk.

â??Alert Dayâ?? held this year on March 26, is a one day â??wake up callâ?? sponsored annually by the American Diabetes Association urging Americans to find out if they are at risk for developing diabetes.

Some groups have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes than others, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

Kathy Ayers, RN, FNP-BC and Diabetes Educator, stopped by Good Morning Heartland to tell us more about Diabetes and the symptoms/warning signs you should like out for. Watch the video above to learn more.

Facts and Figures about Diabetes (source: American Diabetes Association):

  1. 25.8 million children and adults in the United Statesâ??8.3% of the populationâ??have diabetes

  2. 18.8 million people diagnosed with the disease

  3. Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people

  4. Prediabetes: 79 million people


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