Diabetes Alert Day

Diabetes Alert Day

Diabetes Alert Day, observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, is a 1-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated.

Stop by the MHCS Health Fair on Wednesday, April 4 at the Seward AG Pavilion between 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. for a free glucose (blood sugar) screening. MHCS offers diabetes programs including:

  • Diabetes Prevention Program: a 1-year program in a class/group setting. Participants must qualify for the class by lab results or by taking a diabetes indicator quiz. By the end of this program most participants reach 5-7% weight loss and have increased activity to 150 minutes a week. There is a fee for this program.
  • Diabetic Support Group: for anyone interested in diabetes or prevention and their family members/support system. It is free and meets quarterly in the lower level of the Seward Family Medical Center Vahle conference room. Meeting are approximately 60-90 minutes in length. A light meal is provided. RSVP is required one week prior to the meeting.
  • Diabetes Education: for patients with diabetes or recently diagnosed. One to five highly-individualized sessions are one-on-one with a diabetic educator.

Contact our Diabetic Educators at 402-646-4667 for more information.

Did You Know?

  • Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes, or 7.2 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
  • Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • Nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

If you have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. You are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are over age 45, are overweight, or are not physically active.