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Last Modified: March 26, 2008
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Highlights in Minority Health
March, 2008
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The American Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day, "wake-up" call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. Observed on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the 20th annual American Diabetes Alert Day is Tuesday, March 25th, 2008.1
Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both.  Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.2
On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will "Sound the Alert" about the dangers of diabetes.  People are encouraged to take the Diabetes Risk Test.  The risk test requires users to answer seven simple questions about weight, age, lifestyle and family history -- all potential risk factors for diabetes.   People scoring 10 points or more are at a high risk for type 2 diabetes and are encouraged to see a health care professional for further evaluation.1
Trends show that minority populations are disproportionately affected by diabetes:
red arrow Compared to whites, African Americans are more than twice as likely to have diabetes.3
red arrow From 1997 through 2005, the age-adjusted prevalence among Hispanics increased 16% among males and 21% among females.3
red arrow Among people younger than 20, American Indians aged 10-19 have the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes.3
Although more than 20.8 million Americans have diabetes, 6.2 million do not know they have the disease.4  Understanding risk factors and early detection can help to reduce the burden of diabetes in minority populations.


 For More Information on Diabetes, See the OMHD Diabetes Fact Sheet.


  1. American Diabetes Association
  2. CDC Diabetes
  3. OMHD Diabetes Fact Sheet
  4. CDC Chronic Disease Prevention


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