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American Diabetes Association Alert Day - March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March 26th is the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Alert day. The goal of the ADA is to raise the public’s awareness that diabetes is serious and growing. An estimated 26 million Americans have diabetes. Of this number, seven million are not aware that they are diabetic. In Livingston County, 9.9% of the population is diabetic, this compared to an overall rate of 8.4% in New York State. In addition, 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that may, but does not have to progress to diabetes.

For those with pre-diabetes, your challenge is to take advantage of every opportunity to learn more about what you can do to either put off the progression to diabetes or not become diabetic at all.

For those with diabetes, your challenge is to meet the condition head on and take charge, do not let it take charge of you. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that only 40% of those with diabetes ever take advantage of the education which would help them self-manage the condition. Yet, insurance companies know that their participants with diabetes education have medical costs 2.3 times lower than the person who has not taken a diabetes course.

Livingston County has the resources you need close to home. The Noyes Hospital Diabetes Education Program recently received the Program of Excellence Award by Jackson Health.  The program is available both in Dansville, Geneseo and in five area physician offices. The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and staffed with an RN, Certified Diabetes Educator and a Registered Dietitian. There are individual appointments to begin, and thanks to our recent award, 5 hours of FREE diabetes education classes which offer participants incentives for attending. The Livingston County Department of Health has a monthly support group for diabetics.

Are you at risk for diabetes? Take THIS SELF TEST to find out. Be alert to your risk factors and discuss them with your physician.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day Info Sheet

Nancy M. Johnsen RN, CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Community Health Education Coordinator at Noyes Memorial Hospital. Call 335-4355 today and start to take charge! Diabetes increases the risk for some significant health problems which include: heart disease, amputations, stroke, kidney damage, blindness, gum disease, nerve damage, and possibly dementia. Don’t be one of the statistics!

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