November Is Diabetes Awareness Month
IGNATIUS Diabetes is a too well known unwelcome intruder in Indian Country. There is hardly an American Indian or Alaska Native family untouched or unaffected by the debilitating and potentially fatal disease. As an American Indian or Alaska Native, if you dont have diabetes you know several people that do thats about as close to you can get to a sure-bet. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. An estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease. In Indian Country, American Indians and Alaska Natives are diagnosed with diabetes at more than twice the national rate 16.1 percent to 7.1 percent as American Caucasians. The death rate due to diabetes is nearly twice as high in Indian Country than it is among American Caucasians.
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(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/PH45632LOGO ) Care4life is the only comprehensive digital support program for type 2 diabetes self-management, providing users with a broad range of tools to help them take better control of their condition. The program educates and motivates users to attain a healthy weight with nutrition tips and exercise goals, records and monitors blood glucose readings, and helps individuals remember to take medications as prescribed by their physician. These self-care behaviors have been shown to lead to better diabetes health. Care4life content was developed in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association , and is offered to Association members through their Living With Type 2 Diabetes program . A growing number of health plan customers offer the Care4life service to their members. “Many apps for diabetes management are designed to help people track their blood glucose readings and not much else,” said Voxiva CEO, Justin Sims. “Care4life additionally focuses on self-care activities, which are an important part of getting those readings where they’re supposed to be.” In a recent study of Care4life users, 85% said it helped them remember to take medications and attend doctors’ appointments; 47% of users set an exercise goal and 62% report achieving it; and 47% of users set a weight goal and 31% report achieving it. Care4life is unique because it uses personalized text messaging to pace the flow of information. It captures data on actions taken through a variety of interfaces which is then stored in an online personal health record and mobile app. “The text messaging component ensures that personalized tips and motivation are delivered on a timely basis, and the on-line elements are there to provide more in depth content and a digital record that can be shared with an individual’s care team,” said Sims.
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According to the American Diabetes Association, if this trend continues, one out of every three Americans could have diabetes by 2050. The shocking part is that Type 2 Diabetes can be kept at bay through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. Age, weight, level of physical activity, high blood pressure, and a family history of diabetes all affect your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. We spoke to New York City-based Dietician and Nutritionist, Robin Amylon, to collect some tips on how you can work on decreasing your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. “Learning how to manage your health is the key to living a fuller life,” says Amylon.
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The Burden of Diabetes on the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Community
Additionally, screening for gestational diabetes is available with no co-payment for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant. Beginning in 2014, Americans cannot be denied health coverage because they have diabetes or any other pre-existing health condition. Additional initiatives, such as First Lady Michelle Obamas Lets Move program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)s National Diabetes Prevention Program , and the National Diabetes Education Program (a partnership of the National Institutes of Health and the CDC) are helping Americans of all ages take action to improve their health and that of the nation. Help spread the word on the importance of preventing and managing diabetes, so that all Americans can live their full potential for health. Howard K.
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