Yadkin Department of Health offers new diabetes service

Submitted by the Yadkin County Departmet of Health

October 20, 2012

Yadkin County Health Department is announcing the Diabetes Self Management Service available to Yadkin & Davie County residents. The Yadkin County Diabetes Self Management service is under the umbrella program of the North Carolina Diabetes Self Management Program.

Type II diabetes is a chronic disease that can present itself differently in various individuals. Take into account the following examples:

Chuck hasn’t been feeling well lately—he has felt a little tired, a little cranky, and just not wanting to do anything. Rob has felt fine—no problems with him. Karen has felt horrible—thirsty, urinating a lot, blurry eyes, and wanting to do nothing but stay in bed.

All three of these people have the same problem—Type II Diabetes. In early stages, especially with mild blood sugar elevations, you may not have any symptoms at all. However, this is the time you need to see your Medical Provider—early treatment and control of blood sugars result in less complications. Even though Chuck, Rob, and Karen all have Type II diabetes, Karen’s symptoms were more pronounced and she would have been the one to more likely make an appointment with her Medical Provider.

According to the NC Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, the diabetes prevalence among North Carolina adults (18+) has more than doubled from 4.5% in 1995 to 9.6% in 2009! Nationally, North Carolina ranks 13th highest in adult diabetes prevalence.

In Yadkin County, according to the Department of Health & Human Services Community Health Status Indicators, 2010:

• 7.6% of residents have been diagnosed with diabetes

• 34% of residents are overweight

• 32% are obese

• 30.8% of residents smoke

• 34.8% get no exercise

• 76.6% of residents do not eat the minimum amount of 5 fruits and vegetables recommended per day.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the reasons you need to diagnose and treat diabetes as early as possible is to prevent the long term complications. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. It is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults. Approximately 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage which can result in pain in hands or feet, sexual dysfunction, and/or other nerve problems. The amputation rate for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than those without diabetes.

Signs that you may need to be tested for diabetes include: excessive thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, tingling in your hands or feet, and blurred vision. You may also have diabetes and have no symptoms at all. Only your Medical Provider can effectively test and diagnose you. If diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, ask your Medical Provider to referring you to the Yadkin County Health Department Diabetes Self Management Program. For more information, call Cathy Manson, M.Ed., RD, LDN, at 336-849-7715.