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Diabetes Care & Management

The Diabetes Epidemic

Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 37 million Americans have diabetes and face its devastating consequences. What’s true nationwide is also true in Delaware. 
 

The Stats in Pennsylvania

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports the following statistics (as of February 2020) related to the current diabetes epidemic in Pennsylvania:
     ▪  Approximately 1,144,000 people in PA, or 11.3% of the adult
        population, have diagnosed diabetes.
     ▪ An additional 303,000 people in PA have diabetes but don’t know it,
       greatly increasing their health risk.
     ▪ There are 3,484,000 people in PA, 34.1% of the adult population, who
       have prediabetes
with blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but
       not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
     ▪ Every year an estimated 67,000 people in PA are diagnosed with
       diabetes
.
 

Reversing the Trend

DiabetesSelfCare-01.jpgSo what can be done to combat this trend?  The answer is: EDUCATION and SELF-MANAGEMENT

People with diabetes need to be educated about their disease and instructed on what they can do to best manage it, and in some cases, reverse their condition through lifestyle modifications.
 

Education & Resources

Quality Insights has archived lots of great diabetes management resources - for providers and patients - which can be found in our Resource Library.  We also developed Practice Modules that offer evidence-based education and guidance on different topics related to diabetes care and management, along with modifications that your practice can implement to improve workflows around diabetes care.  Make sure to check them out!
 

biking_Seniors_narrow.jpgDiabetes Self-Management Education (DSME)

DSME programs provide knowledge and skills for people who want to manage their type 2 diabetes and related conditions.  Diabetes educators conduct each program, which addresses the needs, goals, and life experiences of people with diabetes.  This program teaches people how to eat healthy, be active, monitor blood sugar levels, take medication, problem solve, reduce risk for other health conditions, and cope with their disease.

Visit the PA Department of Health website to locate a certified DSME site in your county.  Certified DSME sites are those that have been accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) or recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).