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In recognition of National Diabetes Month, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard today urged
People with diabetes also should make sure they get their annual flu shot (http://nj.gov/health/flu/findflushot.shtml) and talk to their healthcare provider about getting the pneumococcal vaccine. The “pneumonia” shot protects against pneumonia, blood stream infections and meningitis that are much more deadly for people with diabetes.
“Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health problems we face, and is a particular threat for minority populations,’’ said Commissioner Howard. “Many people don’t appreciate the dangers posed by diabetes. It can lead to blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease and lower-limb amputations.”
However, people with diabetes can lower their risk of complications and improve their health by controlling blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. People with diabetes, and those who may be at risk, should maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and get regular checkups.
Overall, it is estimated that more than 660,000 people in
Blacks and Hispanics are significantly more likely to develop diabetes than are whites, and Black and Hispanic mortality rates are rising, too. Latinos develop diabetes at a younger age, making them more likely to suffer long-term disease complications.
American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are also significantly more likely than whites to develop diabetes.
According to data from the federal government, the American Diabetes Association, and the Lewin Group consultants:
· Diabetes remains the sixth leading cause of death in the
· The risk of diabetes increases with age. About 21 percent of Americans age 60 and older have diabetes, compared with 10 percent of those aged 40-59 and two percent of 20- to 39-year-olds.
Earlier this year, the DHSS, the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey and the Health Care Institute of New Jersey sponsored a Latino Diabetes Summit. The program focused on improving quality of care, reducing disparities in access to care, and helping patients participate in their own care.
“Type 2 diabetes is robbing many Latinos of their health and quality of life. The first state Latino Summit on Diabetes raised awareness of the need to take preventive, culturally sensitive actions to reverse this trend,” added Commissioner Howard.
Throughout November, DHSS and its partners are promoting activities in conjunction with National Diabetes Month. Health fairs are being held around the state to offer eye exams, foot exams, and cholesterol and blood pressure checks.
Upcoming activities include the following:
Saturday, November 22, 1– 3pm
Event: Health Fair: Striving for a Healthy Community
Center for Human Services
Tuesday, November 25, 10- 5 pm
Event: Diabetes Day Fair - Para una vida
Catholic Charities and CamCare/ Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies
Tuesday, December 16, 9-Noon
Comprehensive information about diabetes and its health impact can be found on the web site of the Department’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program: http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/diabetes/index.shtml.
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