World Diabetes Day 2017

Participate in World Diabetes Day this year.

When we think of any kind of “world-day” celebration or awareness campaign, we get a picture of a vast celebration held in some far away land. In reality, diabetes, as a group of diseases, is on the rise in communities large and small and in every nation all around the world.

In Michigan alone, type 2 and pre-diabetes have been on the rise for the past several years. According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Michigan Diabetes Health facts – In 2014, an estimated 10.4 percent of Michigan adults 18 years and older were diagnosed with diabetes — 799,350 people.
  • Michigan ranked 22nd out of 50 states in highest diabetes prevalence among adults 18 years and older in 2013.
  • Diabetes prevalence among the Michigan population 45-54 years (9.6 percent) was three times the prevalence among those 18-44 years (3.2 percent).
  • Diabetes prevalence among adult males was slightly higher than adult females for 2011-2013 combined (10.9 percent versus 9.7 percent).
  • In 2013, there were 285,552 hospitalizations with any mention of diabetes among Michigan adults 18 years and older and 2,821 deaths for all ages where diabetes was the leading cause.
  • Among adults, 9,101 diabetes-related stroke hospitalizations and 62,258 diabetes-related cardiovascular disease hospitalizations occurred in 2013

World Diabetes Day is a day set aside to recognize the advancements in research, insulin and medication advancements, self-care and collaboration. It is also a day to ask, get informed, seeking testing and learn more about diabetes and diabetes self-care.

The impact of self-management education

Having diabetes takes life-long care. If you have diabetes or are the caretaker of someone who does, enrolling in a diabetes self-management workshop provides the steps towards better self-management.

  • Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is a critical element of care for all individuals with or at risk for developing the disease.
  • Adults in Michigan, with diabetes who received formal diabetes education showed significantly higher adherence to seeing health professionals for diabetes-related check-up, eye examination, and foot examination annually.

According to a 2-year follow-up study on diabetes self-management, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention concluded, “Participation in an empowerment-based diabetes self-management support intervention may have a positive and enduring effect on self-care behaviors and on metabolic and cardiovascular health.”

Michigan State University Extension provides participants with strategies to improve the quality of their diets, manage chronic health conditions and reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. Access to high-quality and affordable disease prevention and management education programs such as those that MSU Extension provides is essential to saving lives, reducing disabilities and lowering the costs of everyone’s medical care. In 2016, MSU Extension disease prevention and management programming reached over 4,500 Michigan residents. 

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