ADPH to bring awareness to diabetes with Alert Day

ADPH to bring awareness to diabetes with Alert Day
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is taking part in the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Alert Day® on Tuesday.

ADPH will use the day to focus on informing Alabamians of the risk factors associated with prediabetes and diabetes.

"On March 28, we will make a concerted effort through our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter about the dangers and risks associated with prediabetes and diabetes, and how you can protect yourself against developing these diseases," said ADPH Diabetes Program Director Brandi B. Pouncey.

According the the ADA, 9 out of 10 Americans who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes are not aware of it. In Alabama, 13.5 percent of adults have diabetes, according to ADPH.

In an effort to help the public become more aware of type 2 diabetes, the ADA has created a quick test for participants to see if they are at risk. ADA has also created tips to use when speaking to a healthcare provider for those who are at risk for diabetes.

Further information on Alert Day® and resources for those at risk of diabetes can be be found on ADPH's Diabetes Program website.

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