Announcements: Diabetes Alert Day — March 26, 2013
March 26 is Diabetes Alert Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness about type 2 diabetes, its risk factors, and its prevention. Type 2 diabetes, which can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle changes such as losing weight and increasing physical activity, accounts for 90%–95% of all diabetes cases in the United States (1).
Information about type 2 diabetes and ways to prevent it is available from numerous sources.The Prediabetes Risk Test (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes.htm) is a helpful resource that uses answers to a few simple questions about weight, age, family history, and other risk factors to indicate a person's risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.htm) is working with partners in communities across the United States to establish effective lifestyle change programs for persons at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle change programs are listed by state at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/recognition/registry.htm#program. The Just One Step tool (http://ndep.nih.gov/resources/diabetes-healthsense/just-one-step.aspx), created by the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the CDC and the National Institutes of Health, provides helpful tips for making lifestyle changes.
CDC's Diabetes Interactive Atlases (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas) provide data on trends in diagnosed diabetes (both prevalence and incidence), obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity in the United States. Additional information about diabetes control and prevention is available at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes.
- CDC. 2011 national diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2011. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf.
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