What is Diabetes Alert Day?

Occurring annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Alert Day is a 1-day “wake-up call” to bring attention to the risks associated with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.1

Using a 60-second online test, individuals can better understand how various risk factors like age, blood pressure, and race/ethnicity affect the risk for type 2 diabetes. First developed in 1993 by the ADA and validated with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk test was designed to use only health information that respondents would easily know about themselves without needing a blood test. The test responses are combined to calculate a risk score of 1 to 10, which can help inform people who have a high score (≥5) of their increased risk for diabetes.

Each year, the ADA asks healthcare professionals to help spread the word to patients. In honor of Diabetes Alert Day on March 26, 2019, you can encourage patients to take the type 2 diabetes risk test or download printable versions here in both English and Spanish.

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References

1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Diabetes Alert Day. www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/communication-programs/ndep/partner-community-organization-information/diabetes-alert-day. Accessed March 19, 2019.

2. American Diabetes Association. Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test. Accessed March 19, 2019.