Thursday, November 1, 2012

November is American Diabetes Month



By:  Tonya Williams, Employee Relations Specialist
School District of Janesville

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control.  With nearly 26 million children and adults living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country.  Despite this, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter unless they are directly affected by the disease. 

Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a grim situation of where we are at, and where we are headed as a country:

·         Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
·         Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.  Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop it.

Knowledge is power and one of the best ways to stop diabetes is through education and knowing your risks for developing the disease so that you can take action.  You’re at increased risk for diabetes if:

·         You are overweight;
·         A parent, brother, sister has diabetes;
·         You are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander;
·         You had a baby weighing more than nine pounds or had gestational diabetes;
·         You have high blood pressure;
·         You have low HDL (“healthy” or good cholesterol), or
·         You have high Triglycerides.

You can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle.  Change your diet, increase your level of physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.  With these positive steps you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes.

The School District of Janesville will schedule its annual Health Risk Assessments for employees that carry the health insurance starting in January.  During your assessment you will learn what your blood pressure is, your HDL and your triglycerides.  The District also has partnered with Coordinated Health Care, who provides disease management services to help employees who have type 2 diabetes by encouraging them to eat right, increase physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.

If you have questions about Coordinated Health Care’s disease management plan and how they may assist you, please call them at 877-550-3455 or visit their website at www.SDJHealthPlan.com.

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