Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in New Hampshire. In 2012, 9.1% of New Hampshire adults reported having been diagnosed with diabetes. Approximately, 6.0% of New Hampshire adults reported having been diagnosed with prediabetes, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes increases the risk of:
- Heart disease
- Lower extremity amputations
- Kidney disease
- Vision loss
To prevent diabetes complications, persons with diabetes should receive a number of clinical preventive services.
What the Division of Public Health Services is doing:
- Monitoring Health Status
- Trends in the incidence and prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes, risk factors, and complications.
- Changes in the percentages of patients with diabetes who receive care in accordance with the recommended national guidelines.
- Promoting community-clinical linkages and evidence-based disease prevention and management programs such as:
- Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
- Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs, ADA-recognized and/or AADE-accredited National Diabetes Prevention Program
- New Hampshire Tobacco Helpline
- Quality Improvement Initiatives
- Promoting Best Clinical Practices for diabetes care & collaborate with partners on clinical quality improvement initiatives at primary care sites.
- Supporting use of electronic health records in primary care settings to improve diabetes prevention & management.
- Working with community partners such as the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) to promote identification and referral of low-income women at risk for diabetes.
- Offering professional development sessions for physicians, nurses, diabetes educators, community health workers and others who serve people with or at risk for diabetes.