Do You Have Prediabetes or Diabetes and Not Know It?
If you have a mother, father, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes, you have a higher chance of getting prediabetes or diabetes. You may be at risk even with no family history of the disease. If left undiagnosed or untreated, prediabetes can lead diabetes and diabetes can lead to serious health problems. Most people with prediabetes do not know it. During March and especially on American Diabetes Association Alert Day® - March 25, 2014, KDN is partnering with the American Diabetes Association and the National Diabetes Education Program to encourage you to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family history of diabetes.
Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
If you have prediabetes or are at risk for diabetes, you can take steps to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. The good news is that persons with prediabetes who lose only 5%-7% of their body weight and get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week can reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 50%. See Latecia's story - . Losing weight wasn't easy for Latecia, but after seeing her mom live with diabetes, she knew she needed to make changes in her life to prevent the disease. For help in making lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, see a video about the National Diabetes Prevention Program and locations of these recognized programs in Kentucky.
Diabetes in Kentucky is common, costly and serious. Fortunately, diabetes can be controlled in those who have it and prevented in those who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Please see the current Diabetes Fact Sheet for detailed facts and figures about diabetes in Kentucky,
The Kentucky Diabetes Network (KDN) was formed in 1999 in direct response to the scope of the problem in Kentucky with the realization that addressing diabetes adequately would require a concerted effort of all the entities that have a stake in the problem. This partnership of public and private entities and individuals is dedicated to improving the treatment and outcomes of Kentuckians with diabetes, promoting early diagnosis, and ultimately preventing the onset of diabetes among those at risk. KDN incorporated in September of 2002 was subsequently granted status as a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Since its formation in 1999, KDN has undertaken a wide variety of activities in the areas of patient and professional education, primary prevention and advocacy. These efforts have resulted in numerous Successes and Awards and national recognition.
Membership in KDN is open to all and is free. You can become a member of KDN simply by completing a member commitment form.
KDN Quarterly Meetings
- September 12, 2014
- December 5, 2014
Thanks to Merck for sponsoring the June Meeting!