March 26th is American Diabetes Association Alert Day! Every March, the American Diabetes Association celebrates Diabetes Alert Day. According to the ADA, “9 out of 10 Americans most are at risk for type 2 diabetes without even knowing it.” With this, millions of Americans are at risk. Alert Day is an important day to learn more about diabetes, while also learning if you are at risk. The ADA also provides Type 2 Diabetes Risk Tests for people who are interested in testing.
- In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
- Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
- Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
- The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
- 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
- In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
For more information regarding American Diabetes Association Alert Day and to find a place to take a risk test, visit the American Diabetes Association.
Association, A. (2019). American Diabetes Association. Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org.