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The Impact of Diabetes in Arkansas

Diabetes is a serious and costly chronic illness. In 2014, there were almost 288,800 adults in Arkansas with a known diagnosis of diabetes, that’s more than 1 out of every 9 adults in the state. Those with a diagnosis of diabetes have medical expenses that are “approximately 2.3 times higher than those for who do not have diabetes.”

 An estimated 75,000 adults in Arkansas had diabetes but did not know it. An additional 797,000 adults or more than one-third of Arkansas had prediabetes in 2014.

Diabetes impacts children as well: the American Diabetes Association estimates that “one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes” at some time in their lives.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases in which the body either does not produce enough insulin or doesn’t properly use the insulin that the body makes. Insulin is needed to convert sugar in the food we eat into the energy needed by every cell in the human body. The symptoms of diabetes are often subtle and may go undetected for a long period. Unfortunately, high sugar can cause serious and life-altering medical complications; but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower their risk of developing complications. Learn more and watch a video on how diabetes affects the body by clicking here.

The Different Types of Diabetes

To Learn about the Symptoms of Diabetes click here.Prediabetes image

You can find out if you are at risk by texting “RISKTEST” to 97779 or click “TAKE THE RISK TEST” in the box below.

Do I have prediabetes?

The most important thing you can do is find out if you have Type 2 diabetes or are at risk for developing it. If you are overweight or obese and between ages 40-70 you should be tested for prediabetes and diabetes even if you have no symptoms or other risk factors.

Studies have shown that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay diabetes with modest weight loss, healthy eating, and increased physical activity. Diabetes Prevention Recognition Programs have been shown to be effective and cost-effective in helping individuals with prediabetes to lose weight and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Learn more here. Early treatment not only can prevent or minimize some of the serious problems caused by high blood glucose but acting early can save you money in the future.

If You Are At Risk, What Do You Do Next?

Talk with your health care provider at your next visit and get tested.

If you have been diagnosed with either Prediabetes or Diabetes, here’s where you can get help. Remember, you are not alone!

If you have prediabetes, enroll in a National Diabetes Prevention Program Recognized Program (DPRP). These programs are effective in delaying or preventing type 2 diabetes in people with prediabetes and they are cost-effective.

Find a National Prediabetes Prevention Program near you.

If you have diabetes, learn how to live well with diabetes by enrolling in a Diabetes Self-Management Education and support (DSME/S) program.

The National Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes states that all people with diabetes should participate in diabetes self-management education and support, and individualized medical nutrition therapy (MNT).

Find a recognized diabetes self-management education program near you:

If You Are a Health Care Professional, Bring These Programs to Your Organization

For more information about establishing a Diabetes Prevention Recognized Program, learn more here or contact the Arkansas Department of Health, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch at 501-661-2942 for technical assistance.

For more information on applying or receiving technical assistance with the DSME application process, contact the Arkansas Department of Health, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch at 501-661-2942.

Providers download the Prevent Diabetes STAT toolkit developed through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association.

Know Your Kidney Number

Click here to download the Know Your Kidney Number information kit.

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