As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) highlights a new national campaign to educate the public about prediabetes.
New national data just released from CDC noted that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes, which is a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risks to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. According to the CDC, nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes are not aware they have the condition. In Kentucky, it is estimated that more than 1.1 million Kentucky adults have prediabetes.
Janice Haile, a registered nurse and certified Diabetes Educator with the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (KDPCP) within the DPH was excited to hear that the CDC recently shared new prediabetes messages to help get the word out about what can be done to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
“A third of those with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years unless, they, and their healthcare team, address this issue. The good news is there is something we can do once we know a person has prediabetes,” said Haile.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), a lifestyle change program recognized through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been proven to cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by half in those who have prediabetes. Studies show that losing just 5 to 7 percent of body weight, by eating healthier and increasing physical activity, can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes (for a person who weighs 200 pounds, that’s about 10 to 15 pounds).
“The KDPCP has been working with the Kentucky Diabetes Network, the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Coordinating Body of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other partners to increase awareness and testing for prediabetes,” said Haile. “These diabetes advocates are banding together to encourage Kentuckians to take the first step by visiting DoIHavePrediabetes.org to take the 1-minute risk test. If a person finds out they are at risk for prediabetes, then they will need to speak with their healthcare pprofessional to confirm their diagnosis.”
To find out about DPP in your community, visit the Kentucky Diabetes Resource Directory at https://prd.chfs.ky.gov/KYDiabetesResources/ (search the category for Diabetes Prevention Program / DPP Organizations) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html .
Throughout the planned 52 Weeks of Public Health promotion, DPH will spotlight a specific public health issue. Additional information about the campaign is available on the DPH website: http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/default.htm and will be posted on the CHFS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kychfs where Kentuckians are encouraged to like and share posts among their networks of friends.
Additional information is available at http://chfs.ky.gov/.