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American Diabetes Association marks "Alert Day"

Monday, March 19, 2018

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

March 27th is the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Alert day.  The theme is “Take it”, the ADA diabetes or pre-diabetes risk test; “Learn it” find out how to reduce your risk, and “Share it”, with your family and friends.   

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the rate of diabetes has increased again this year to an estimated 30.3 million Americans and one out of every four don’t know they are diabetic. This comes with a price tag of 245 billion in total medical costs, lost work and wages. Closer to home, 10.3% of NY adults have diabetes with an estimated price tag of 12 billion in total medical costs annually.In Livingston County 12.2% of residents have been diagnosed with diabetes according to the Counties 2017 Health Profile.

Type 2 diabetes affects 95% of the diabetic population where either insufficient insulin is produced by the beta cells or the body’s cells have become resistant to the insulin and don’t use the insulin efficiently or both.

Pre-diabetes affects 84.1 million Americans, a decrease from last year. However, nine out of ten individuals do not know they have the condition. With pre-diabetes, blood sugars are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Pre-diabetes does progress to diabetes but this progression is not inevitable.

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, 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 40.6% 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.

Noyes Health has the professional resources you need close to home.  The Noyes Hospital Diabetes Education Program is available in Dansville, Hornell and Geneseo and in two area physician offices. The program is recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and staffed with an RN, Certified Diabetes Educator and RN Diabetes Educator.  There are individual appointments to begin and thanks to a rural health grant, a variety of free diabetes education classes.  The program collaborates with the Livingston County Diabetes Coalition which sponsors two free Foot Clinics each year.  

Take the American Diabetes Association Risk Assessment today.  Learn if you are at risk and discuss the results with your health care provider.

Nancy Johnsen RN, CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Coordinator of the Diabetes Program at Noyes Health.  Call 585-335-4355 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!

A link to the American Diabetes Association can be found on the hospital website;

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Mary Sue Dehn

(585) 335-4323

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