March 25 is Diabetes Alert Day
March 19, 2014
March 25 isn’t just a Tuesday - it’s the American Diabetes Association’s annual Alert Day. What is Alert Day? It’s the day the Association urges a “wake-up call” for Americans, and hopes they’ll take a free online test to determine their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Available here, the test is a simple series of questions about gender, height, weight and other factors that could contribute to developing diabetes. At the end of the test, your score and risks are explained. For example, if you are male, the test describes that “Men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed diabetes” and offers suggestions on visiting your doctor and behavioral changes that could lower your risk further.
According to the Association’s website, corporate sponsors for Alert Day include Walgreens pharmacies and that Boar’s Head Brand (a purveyor of deli meats) will donate $5 for every test taken from March 25 to April 25, up to $50,000. So if you’re not interested in taking the test for yourself, take it for the Association so they can get their donation and use that money to help diabetes sufferers throughout the US.