Did you know that diabetic patients are increasing over time? More than 10.5% of the American population are diabetic, with more than 34.2 million Americans being at risk of getting it. To raise awareness and combat this disease, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) created the American Diabetes Association Alert Day campaign.
Observed every year on the fourth Tuesday of March, The ADA wants to create awareness about this silent killer of a disease. A survey conducted by the ADA revealed that around 68% of Americans did not know that diabetes was closely related to heart disease. That same survey also revealed that about 25% of Americans with diabetes did not even know they have the disease. This is why diabetes is known as a silent killer. Diabetes can creep up on you without you knowing it. Sometimes the body won’t show any symptoms, despite your blood sugar level gradually increasing over time until you are at fatal risk. The good news is that if caught early, diabetes can be fairly manageable.
For people to catch diabetes early, they need to be aware of it before things get worse. Therefore, spreading awareness about diabetes is key. It encourages people to read up on it and be prepared to get tested. If caught early, there are various ways to manage your diabetes. If you are a type 2 diabetic, you can use diet and exercise to get your diabetes under control. It is also a good idea to donate if you have a few bucks lying around. Every donation helps accelerate research and improve the efforts of scientists trying to study the disease.
The ADA created Diabetes Alert Day to take preventive measures against diabetes. This helps those who are unaware about diabetes and encourages them to learn more. The more people are aware of the disease, the more people will get tested to find out if they have it and act against it.
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Article written by William Graves.