Did you know that diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans but nearly 1 in 4 adults living with the disease are unaware that they have it?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is sponsoring Diabetes Alert Day on March 24, 2020 as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease. The organization encourages everyone to learn more about the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding their risk.
According to the ADA, the sooner you know you’re at risk, the sooner you can take steps to prevent or manage diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are over age 45, are overweight, or are not physically active.
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In today’s unprecedented health crisis, the ADA also offers some facts about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and those living with diabetes:
- People with diabetes are not more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population.
- The problem people with diabetes face is primarily a problem of worse outcomes, not greater chance of contracting the virus.
- People with diabetes do face a higher chance of experiencing serious complications from COVID-19. In general, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications when infected with any virus.
- If diabetes is well-managed, the risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19 is about the same as the general population.
To learn more about diabetes and better understand your risk for the disease, visit the ADA website.