Today is Diabetes Alert Day, an annual observance largely intended to serve as a wake-up call to inform the public of the risks of type 2 diabetes, especially when left undiagnosed or untreated. In adults, type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes; the remainder are adult-onset (or adult-diagnosed) type 1 diabetes, a form of diabetes for which the cause is unknown.[Source: Healthline.com] Visit the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to learn more and to take the American Diabetes Association’s Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. Pass it on.
National Diabetes Education Program: Visit this link.
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test: Visit this link.
NDEP Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Watch this video.
Now, I would not be a Blue Crusader, type one to be clear, if I did not put my own spin on the occasion of Diabetes Alert Day. Meet Sammy Dogis, Jr. Not only is Sammy Dogis, Jr. my canine companion and closest confidant, but he is a certified diabetes alert dog.
Sammy can alert me to low blood glucose. He will place his nose under my arm and flip it until I respond. So on this day, I give a Diabetes Alert Day Shout-out to, you guessed it, Sammy Dogis, Jr.
If you know, love or care for someone at risk of and affected by diabetes, please pass along the links found in this post. The information may save their life.