Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic in the US, yet many people with the disease don’t even know they have it. Because diabetes also increases the risk of developing other conditions, knowing whether you have a high risk of developing type 2 is critical to your health. Diabetes Alert Day, founded by the American Diabetes Association, is a reminder to educate yourself about type 2 diabetes and to assess your risk of getting it. Make Diabetes Alert Day an opportunity to take action to protect your health.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is by far the most prevalent form of the disease. It occurs when the body is no longer able to effectively used insulin that is produced by the pancreas to convert glucose into energy. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood, causing a number of serious side effects, including kidney damage, neuropathy, heart disease and stroke.
Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease that destroys the pancreas so that it no longer produces insulin, type 2 diabetes is closely associated with lifestyle factors, including poor diet, obesity, and lack of exercise.
When is Diabetes Alert Day?
American Diabetes Association Alert Day is an annual event that is held on the fourth Thursday of March. In 2018, March 27 is the day dedicated to increasing diabetes awareness.
On that day, events are held in communities across the nation to increase awareness of type 2 diabetes, from the risk factors to treatment options. The American Diabetes Association also offers an online risk assessment test to help people understand more about their chances of developing the disease.
Am I at risk?
Unlike type 1 diabetes, many cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable, by understanding your risk factors and taking steps to overcome them. Some common risks include:
- Being overweight
- Not following a healthy diet
- Not getting at least 30 minutes of exercise most days
Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes or find treatments that work for you if you have it. Contact us today at (888) 762-8881 to learn more about diabetes care or to request a referral to a specialist at our hospital in San Jose .