DIABETES IS 8TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN ALABAMA

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DIABETES

Every November, communities across the country observe National Diabetes Month and bring attention to its impact on millions of Americans.

Nationally, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes and more than 84 million adults have prediabetes.

The 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System estimates 14.5 percent of Alabama adults reported being diagnosed with diabetes.

Alabama ranks higher than the national median of 11 percent and sees diabetes as the 8th leading cause of death across the state.

The Diabetes Branch of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) works in collaboration with many other programs within and outside the department to help delay and prevent the development of diabetes.

During November, the ADPH will debunk myths about diabetes and educate the public on the changing face of diabetes in the 21st-century through its website and social media by promoting “Sugar Shock Facts.”

Diabetes prevention and self-management education (DSME) programs are available throughout the state and can help reduce the burden caused by the disease

To access information about available programs, including a map featuring sites throughout the state, click here.

For information on DSME sites, click here.

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