Muhlenberg County Health Department Diabetes Education & Prevention
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program is a population-based, public health initiative consisting of a network of state, regional and local health professionals whose mission is to reduce new cases of diabetes as well as the sickness, disability and death associated with diabetes and its complications.
Diabetes is a silent disease. You can have it for years and not know it. During this time, harm can come to your eyes, nerves, and kidneys without you even knowing it.
Your risk for Diabetes goes up with getting older, gaining too much weight, or if you do not stay active. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
Risk factors for diabetes include:
- Having high blood pressure (at or above 130/80).
- Having a family history of Diabetes.
- Having diabetes during pregnancy or having a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
Don't Wait for Signs
Most people with diabetes do not notice any symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away:
- Being very thirsty
- Urinating often
- Losing weight without trying
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 40 Kentucky adults have diabetes but have not been diagnosed, leaving them at risk for serious complications. 40 percent of Kentuckians age 40-74 have pre-diabetes and are at very high risk for developing the disease (prediabetes means blood sugar levels are
elevated but not high enough to be classified as diabetes).
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease. Complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation can be greatly reduced with proper medical care, good nutrition, modest physical activity and self-management education.
For those at risk for diabetes, lifestyle changes such as better nutrition and increased physical activity can decrease risk by almost 60 percent.
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JDRF-Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
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NDEP-National Diabetes Education Program
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