November 18, 2013
Concord, NH –The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is partnering with the Granite State Diabetes Educators (GSDE) to encourage people with diabetes to participate in diabetes self-management education programs, in honor of National Diabetes Month. To promote the value of diabetes education, DPHS and GSDE are creating a series of short videos titled “Living Well with Diabetes” featuring Certified Diabetes Educators and people with diabetes from New Hampshire. An updated DHHS Diabetes website will feature the videos, a map Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs, and other diabetes education resources http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/diabetes/living-well.htm).
“The first step toward living well with diabetes is to learn as much as you can about the disease,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Working with a Certified Diabetes Educator through an accredited self-management program is a great place to start. With some effort, diabetes can be controlled, thus reducing the risk of certain diabetes complications.”
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body’s ability to control sugar levels in the blood. Without proper care, diabetes can result in serious health problems, such as blindness, kidney failure, stroke, amputation, and heart disease. Over 25 million Americans have diabetes, including 9.1% of Granite Staters. Only about half of people with diabetes in New Hampshire have ever taken a course in how to manage their diabetes.
The efforts to increase statewide participation in Diabetes Self-Management Education is made possible through a five-year cooperative agreement with CDC to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and associated risk factors and promote school health. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/state-public-health-actions.htm.
To learn more about how to manage your diabetes, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337) or TTY 1-866-569-1162 for more information. For more information about the Diabetes Program at DPHS visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/diabetes/index.htm.