Put on your diabetes detective hat! The last Tuesday of March has historically been designated by the ADA as Diabetes Alert Day. Starting this year, the ADA recognizes that every day provides an opportunity to find people with undetected prediabetes and diabetes.
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Most people with prediabetes have no idea they are living with elevated blood sugars and that they are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Early discovery increases the potential for remission.
For type 2 diabetes, it takes an average of 6.5 years to discover. The Legacy Trial Results demonstrated that early and aggressive treatment of diabetes results in decreased risk of eye, kidney, nerve disease, heart attack and possible death.
(Not to worry, the Question of the Week will be sent out tomorrow 03/27).
Whether you work in the inpatient or outpatient setting, encourage colleagues to look at A1cs and fasting blood glucose levels to identify those with:
PreDiabetes: A1c of 5.7-6.4% or Fasting BG of 100-125mg or
Diabetes: A1c of 6.5% + or Fasting BG of 126 +
Newly discovered diabetes? Let’s inform the provider so immediate action can be taken to link the person to resources including a diabetes program referral, dietitian, pharmacist, eye care professional, dentist and more.
New prediabetes? Let’s connect people to a Diabetes Prevention Program in their community or encourage them to take advantage of the abundance of online resources and Apps to help with behavior change starting today.
Diabetes Prevention Program – Find CDC Diabetes Prevention Programs in your community.
ADA Diabetes Risk Test can identify those at risk and promote behavior change action for individuals and their communities.
Risk Test for PreDiabetes – A user friendly web page that evaluates risk and provides helpful info
“Are you at Risk?” Page by the American Diabetes Association – includes the Risk Test, strategies to lower risk and information on predidabetes.
Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2019– One page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status and diagnostic criteria for diabetes.
My Health Advisor by ADA
The path to good health just got a lot easier. Enter some basic health information and My Health Advisor will calculate risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
BMI Calculator – A fast and easy way to calculate a patients BMI
National Institutes of Health – Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It
Exercise Resource Page – We created this resource page so that you would have helpful exercise resources available for you and your colleagues. There are handouts and links that you can share with patients too!
Apps for Diabetes – an array of apps that reviewers have found helpful for people living with diabetes.
Diabetes Educators can take a leadership role in their workplace and communities to uncover undetected diabetes.
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