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Sound the Alert!!! - March 23 is American Diabetes Alert® Day

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Photo Caption: From left, Jackie Carlson, RD, CDE; and Kathleen Krieg (right), R.N.; Certified Diabetes Educators for the WCA Hospital Self-Management Program offer “free” educational pamphlets on type 2 diabetes risk factors and how individuals can manage and control diabetes. For free pamphlets or additional information about the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program, call (716) 763-7390.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, March 16, 2010)—One in five Americans have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or may even already have diabetes. Because people can live for years without knowing they have diabetes, WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program team in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are issuing an urgent call-to-action for Americans to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes during the Annual American Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 23rd.

“Awareness about diabetes can lead to early detection and treatment which may help prevent type 2 diabetes or devastating complications associated with diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputation,” said Kathleen Krieg, R.N., CDE, WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator. “On American Diabetes Alert Day, we encourage people who may be overweight, physically inactive, or over the age of 45 years to take the Diabetes Risk Test, which asks seven simple questions about weight, age, lifestyle and family history – all potential risk factors for type 2 diabetes.”

The Diabetes Risk Test, in English or Spanish, is available by visiting or calling 1-800-DIABETES.

Ann Albright, PhD, RD, President, Health Care & Education for the American Diabetes Association adds, “Today is a day for American to take charge of their health. The diabetes epidemic has taken a devastating toll on families and communities across the country. But there is hope. By taking the diabetes risk test, people can be one step to having the information they need to lead a healthier life.”

The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.

Sometimes people with type 2 diabetes live for years without realizing that they have the disease. While people with diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show these overt warning signs as they develop the disease. Often, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people develop one or more of its serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, and nerve damage that can lead to amputations.

The WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program offers individual and group education services from initial consultation to follow-up teaching and guidance. The program helps clients develop a healthy lifestyle through exercise, weight management and medication therapy. The program allows instructors to customize teaching plans for each client. Clients can opt to participate in individual or group classes, offered monthly in the morning or afternoon. Additionally, the program has received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) through the year 2011.

For a free pamphlet on type 2 diabetes or how you can control diabetes, contact the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program at (716) 763-7390.

“Join the movement to stop diabetes,” says Krieg. “It could save your life.”

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