Diabetes – What you should know
- Prevalance (the total number of cases ) continues to go up.
- According to the CDC the effectiveness of interventions can vary by socio-economics.
- Risk of diabetes is associtated with age/ obesity/ lack of physical exercise/race/ family history of the disease.
- It is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Recommended Preventive Care Practices:
– Attend a Diabetes self management class
– Daily monitoring of Blood Glucose
– Hg A1C checked – twice a year
– Dilated eye exam annually
– Foot Exam annually
- Diabetic Self Management Education and Support Programs can help improve outcomes.
- Barriers to Diabetic Education include lack of insurance/ limited coverage.
- Your physician should refer you to diabetic teaching when diagnosed.
- It is important to know if you are prediabetic so that you can start to work lifestyle changes like healthy eating and reducing your weight.
- Check out: Do I Have Prediabetes?
Action plan: make lifestyle changes.
Do your report card
Learn the ABC’s of Diabetes, check your risk factors. Then set goals for prevention.
Your Diabetes Report Card