Today is Diabetes Alert Day

According to an article posted on March 6, by HealthDay News, the total cost of diabetes in the United States jumped from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012, a new report shows. Last year’s total cost included $176 billion in direct medical costs (hospital and emergency care, medications and office visits) and $169 billion in indirect care (work absenteeism, reduced productivity, unemployment caused by diabetes-related disability and lost productivity due to early death). The 2012 costs represents a 41% increase from 2007.

Not only is diabetes costly, it is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million. Participate in Diabetes Alert Day by considering your risk factors for diabetes.

Now is the time to encourage yourself, family, friends and co-workers to get screened for diabetes. Talk with your health care Professional about your risk of developing diabetes.

Adults should be tested for type 2 diabetes if they are overweight (especially carry weight in the mid-section), have a BMI (Body Mass Index) equal to or greater than 25 and have at least one of the following risk factors:

  • Physical inactivity
  • First-degree relative with diabetes
  • Belong to a high risk ethnicity population
  • African-American, Latino, Native American or Pacific Islander
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have an HDL cholesterol of less than 35mg/dl and/or triglycerides over 250mg/dl
  • Women with a history of gestational diabetes, had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds or have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Although today is Alert Day, it is important to be aware of your risk factors for diabetes year-long. Prevention and early treatment of diabetes will help you stay healthy. Take the diabetes risk test and read more here.

St. Anthony’s Diabetes & Nutrition Services Education Department is an officially Recognized Diabetes Education Program, by the American Diabetes Association. Their Staff is comprised of Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE’s) along with a Provider’s referral order, can provide information about working together to improve your health!

For more information, call 314-525-4508.

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