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The Threat of Diabetes is on the RISE in Kentucky

Diabetes is a complex and increasingly common  disease. Data from the Kentucky Behavioral Risk  Factor Survey (KyBRFS) show that from 2000 to  2017 diagnosed diabetes rose from 6.5% to 13.4%.

 

This means 1 in 8 (442,500) Kentucky adults have  been diagnosed with diabetes.2   Based on national studies, it is likely that an additional 147,500  Kentucky adults have diabetes but do not know this yet due to lack of testing and diagnosis. If this is  true, the real number of adults with diabetes is  approximately 589,000.3

Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes by Kentucky Regions

Prevalence of Diagnosed Prediabetes by Kentucky Regions

OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Reduce the prevalence of diabetes

We will educate and screen thousands of Kentuckians and help those at risk get medical attention / diagnosis that they deserve.

Improve the quality of life for those diagnosed

We will educate and screen thousands of Kentuckians and help those at risk enroll in research-based, cost-effective self management groups.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and  Support (DSMES) and Diabetes prevention Programs (DPPs) provide the foundation to equip people with diabetes or prediabetes to navigate daily self-management, lifestyle decisions and activities.
Evidence shows that participation in a DSMES  program improves diabetes outcomes and reduces health care costs. Evidence shows that participation in a DPP program cuts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in  half for persons with prediabetes.

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