• American Diabetes Association Alert Day

    Posted on March 22, 2010 by in Featured

    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:

    • Weight loss
    • Excessive thirst and urination
    • Blurred vision
    • Fatigue
    • Frequent infections and/or slow healing sores

    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:

    • There is a greater risk for stroke among people with Diabetes, as much as 2 to 4 times higher and the risk of death from stroke is 2.8
    • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness for adults aged 20-74
    • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure,
    • Diabetes can result in sensation deficits throughout the body including the hands and feet
    • The incidence of amputations is 10 times greater for individuals with diabetes than for non diabetics.
    • It’s estimated that  one-third of people with diabetes have severe periodontal disease
    • Having diabetes makes you more susceptible to other illnesses

    Learn about Alert Day events around the country, click here

    Sources: American Diabetes Association, The Mayo Clinic