year’s awareness campaign is focused on Being Smart About Your Heart. Do you
know what programs are available in Tompkins County to prevent or manage
than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and it is estimated that one in
four people with diabetes does not even know they have the disease. 86
million Americans aged 20 years or older have pre-diabetes, a condition that
increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed or
untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack
and stroke. Heart disease rates are nearly two times higher among adults with
diabetes. The good news is that people with diabetes can lower their chances
of having diabetes-related heart problems by managing the Diabetes ABCs.
A is for
the A1C test (A-one-C). This is a blood test that measures your average blood
sugar level over the past three months.
for Blood pressure.
C is for
S is for
you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about your A1C, Blood pressure, and
Cholesterol numbers. Together you can develop a plan to manage your ABC’s. If
you smoke, ask for help quitting: Cayuga Center for Healthy Living
607-252-3590, NYS Quit line 1-866-697-8487 or Nurse Direct 1-800-295-8088.
be sure that you are not the one in four who has undiagnosed diabetes,
you can take a quick online risk test at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/pdf/prediabetestest.pdf
additional information go to http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes.htm
you are at risk, make an appointment to get tested. And, consider enrolling in
the Tompkins County Diabetes Prevention Program. This highly effective program
can reduce your risk by 58% and is available locally. Trained Lifestyle Coaches
are offering the program through four Tompkins County agencies; Cayuga Center
for Healthy Living, The Human Services Coalition, Tompkins County Health
Department and the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County. Contact Susan Dunlop at
274-6600 or Sue Olmstead at 273-8686 for enrollment information on upcoming
County is committed to improving the lives of people with chronic health
conditions including heart disease and diabetes. The Health Department’s
Health Promotion Program has information about diabetes and pre-diabetes on
their website http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/dch/hpp/diabetes.
information can be found at Cayuga Medical Center, www.cayugamed.org
good news is that people with diabetes can manage their health and avoid
complications such as heart disease. And, people who have pre-diabetes or who
are at risk for diabetes can take steps to avoid or delay this condition through
the Tompkins County Diabetes Prevention Program.