The Idaho Diabetes Resource Guide has been compiled to help people in Idaho with diabetes identify health care services in their area and create awareness about diabetes resources outside of the clinical setting, such as diabetes education programs, community programs, and support groups. In addition, knowledge of where the gaps in care and information exist will enable the diabetes health system to identify and implement solutions to improve access to care for more Idahoans.
Take 5 Small Steps to Prevent Diabetes
More than 57 million Americans as well on their way to developing diabetes--and most don't even know it. They have a condition called pre-diabetes, which means their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet diabetic. The good news is there is now scientific proof that they can prevent or delay the disease and its devastating complications.
The key to diabetes prevention is taking small steps toward living a healthier life, according to the U.S. DHHS National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). The Idaho Public Health Association, the Diabetes Alliance of Idaho, and the Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program join NDEP in delivering the message that diabetes prevention is proven, possible and powerful.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a landmark study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, found that people at increased risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight through increased physical activity and a low fat, low calorie eating plan.
To find out if you are at risk or to get a free copy of "Small Steps, Big Rewards: Your Game Plan for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes," visit the NDEP website or call 1-800-438-5383. For a fact sheet about the risk factors for diabetes and steps that both health care providers and people at risk for diabetes can take to prevent the disease, click here.
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The 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet is available on the CDC website. at ttp://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/factsheet11.htm.
Control Your Diabetes. For Life.
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. It is the leading cause of adult blindness, end-stage kidney disease, and amputations of the foot or leg. It also puts people at increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Yet public awareness about the disease is very low, and many people with diabetes do not understand all they can do to control their disease and prevent complications.
The Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign, from the National Diabetes Education Program, emphasizes the importance of comprehensive control for people with diabetes. The campaign seeks to reach the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes, and their families, with messages about the seriousness of diabetes, ways to control the disease, and the benefits of controlling diabetes for life.
Campaign messages emphasize that diabetes can be controlled by eating healthy foods in the right amounts, getting regular physical activity, taking diabetes medications as prescribed, and testing your blood glucose (blood sugar) on a regular basis. Campaign materials offer tips to help people with diabetes keep their blood glucose under control, and emphasize the importance of knowing the ABCs of diabetes.
Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Idaho continues to increase every year along with the obesity rates. Now, 1 in 12 Idaho adults over 18 has diabetes. Because Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and doctors really can't identify who will get it and who won't, the DPCP focuses on Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented. The Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program focuses on the health issues that can help people prevent and/or manage their diabetes. Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and learning how to make better food choices are a few ways to prevent diabetes from becoming a problem.
Medicare Coverage for Diabetes Education
ADA Recognized Diabetes Centers in Idaho
Idaho Diabetes State Plan 2008-2013
Diabetes in Idaho: A Summary Report 2006
Diabetes Alliance of Idaho
The Diabetes Alliance of Idaho is the statewide diabetes coalition. The DAI works to improve access to quality health care, increase awareness and support through education, promote prevention of diabetes and reduce diabetes-related complications for those challenged with diabetes in Idaho.
What projects have DAI members been involved in?
- Working with podiatrists, ophthalmologists, optometrists and dentists to enlist their aid in promoting the full scope of diabetes screening and testing for their patients.
- Working to increase awareness about Medicare coverage for diabetes self-management (DSMT) and medical nutrition therapy (MNT). Partners such as Regence Blue Shield, Blue Cross,
- AARP and statewide aging organizations help distribute Medicare diabetes coverage materials to providers and patients.
- Development of the Idaho 5-Year Diabetes State Plan. Individuals throughout the state came together to select priorities, goals and offer interventions.
For additional information, please contact the Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at 208-334-4928.