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ALERT DAY: Free Diabetes Screening on Tuesday at KMIR Studios

ALERT DAY: Free Diabetes Screening on Tuesday at KMIR Studios

By KMIR News. CREATED Mar 21, 2014

PALM DESERT - Are you at risk for diabetes?  Get tested for free! KMIR, KPSE MyTV, MIX 100.5 - The Desert's Best MIX, and Walgreens are teaming up with the American Diabetes Association for Alert Day happening Tuesday, March 25th beginning at 6 a.m. Come to our KMIR Studios in Palm Desert and get tested for free!

From 6:00am until 7:00pm, you can come to the KMIR Studios at 72920 Parkview Drive in Palm Desert and receive a free screening for Diabetes.  If you test high-risk, Walgreens is providing certificates for FREE blood screening at any Coachella Valley Walgreens location.

This event is part of the nationwide American Diabetes Association Alert Day® 

More information on Alert Day:

Palm Desert, CA – Tuesday, March 25, 2014, is the 26th Annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are urged to take the risk test, share it, and start living a healthy and active lifestyle. One way to do this is by joining one of the Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® events nationwide, which happen primarily in October.

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million Americans including 611,000 people living in the Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and San Diego counties. A quarter of those affected by diabetes are not aware that they have the disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes®.

An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes 1.8 million people in the Greater San Diego Area, which means that their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is fighting to Stop Diabetes and takes the opportunity of Alert Day to help identify those who are undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, by educating people about diabetes risk factors and warning signs.

Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

“Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating,” said Dr. Dorothy Sears, Community Leadership President? “The American Diabetes Association hopes that this Alert Day will encourage people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and share it with their loved ones. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.”

To help people better recognize their own risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association provides the Diabetes Risk Test, asking users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish), as well as information about diabetes and joining a Step Out event by visiting us on Facebook, or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boar’s Head Brand® - a leading provider of premium delicatessen products - will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 25 through April 25, 2014, up to $50,000. Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day efforts and you can ask your local Walgreens pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test. Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk for developing the disease.

The Greater San Diego area is partnering with KMIR, an NBC Affiliate in Palm Desert, along with Mix 100.5 and Walgreens to bring ‘wake up call’ to bring awareness to the diabetes problem by having onsite testing provided by Walgreens and diabetes information provided by the American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.