March 23 2010 is the 22nd annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Diabetes can affect all the body’s organs, making everyday activities more challenging and impacting one’s ability to age safely and comfortably in their home. The American Diabetes Alert Day campaign aims to educate people about their risk for type 2 diabetes.
It’s estimated that 23.6 million people in the US have diabetes. 17.9 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease and another 5.7 million are unaware that they are diabetics.
Diagnosis/Disease Process: Type II Diabetes Mellitus
Type II Diabetes is a chronic condition and the most common form of diabetes. It occurs when there is an excess of sugar in the bloodstream and the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of insulin to maintain a normal glucose level. Diabetes can impact all of the body’s organs.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include:
Having a family history of the disease, excessive body weight, and inactivity increases the likelihood of getting the disease. Also, American Indians, Asian Americans, African Americans and Hispanics, have a higher incidence of the disease, as do adults over the age of 45.
According to the American Diabetes:
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