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November is National Diabetes Month

This year’s awareness campaign is focused on Being Smart About Your Heart.  Do you know what programs are available in Tompkins County to prevent or manage diabetes?

 

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and it is estimated that one in four people with diabetes does not even know they have the disease.  86 million Americans aged 20 years or older have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.   If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.  Heart disease rates are nearly two times higher among adults with diabetes.  The good news is that people with diabetes can lower their chances of having diabetes-related heart problems by managing the Diabetes ABCs.

           

·         A is for the A1C test (A-one-C).  This is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months.

·         B is for Blood pressure.

·         C is for Cholesterol.

·         S is for stopping smoking.

 

If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about your A1C, Blood pressure, and Cholesterol numbers.  Together you can develop a plan to manage your ABC’s.  If you smoke, ask for help quitting: Cayuga Center for Healthy Living 607-252-3590, NYS Quit line 1-866-697-8487 or Nurse Direct 1-800-295-8088.

 

To be sure that you are not the one in four who has undiagnosed diabetes, you can take a quick online risk test at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/pdf/prediabetestest.pdf

 

For additional information go to http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes.htm

 

If you are at risk, make an appointment to get tested.  And, consider enrolling in the Tompkins County Diabetes Prevention Program.  This highly effective program can reduce your risk by 58% and is available locally.  Trained Lifestyle Coaches are offering  the program through four Tompkins County agencies; Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, The Human Services Coalition, Tompkins County Health Department and the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County.  Contact Susan Dunlop at 274-6600 or Sue Olmstead at 273-8686 for enrollment information on upcoming classes.

 

Tompkins County is committed to improving the lives of people with chronic health conditions including heart disease and diabetes.  The Health Department’s Health Promotion Program has information about diabetes and pre-diabetes on their website http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/dch/hpp/diabetes

Additional information can be found at Cayuga Medical Center,  www.cayugamed.org

 

The good news is that people with diabetes can manage their health and avoid complications such as heart disease.  And, people who have pre-diabetes or who are at risk for diabetes can take steps to avoid or delay this condition through the Tompkins County Diabetes Prevention Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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