Annual Diabetes Alert Day encourages public to know risk

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The annual "wake-up call" that asks the American public to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes was held Tuesday.

The American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Alert Day, which was held Tuesday, also marks the association's Join the Million Challenge, which runs through April 22. The ADA encourages the public to take the diabetes risk test, which is available year-round and shows users whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, according to the ADA. What's more, an additional 79 million, or 1-in-3 American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Click here to take the risk assessment.