February 2 2017
Chronic diseases affect health and quality of life for Delawareans. Nearly half of all Americans (45%) suffer from at least one chronic disease. Examples of chronic disease include Asthma, COPD, Obesity, and Diabetes.
Diabetes is a leading chronic disease in Delaware and in the U.S. According to a recently published study, nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes (Journal of American Medicine Assoc). The disease affects as many as 1 in 3 Delawareans, and can have detrimental effects on adults who are unaware of its onset and leave the chronic disease untreated. Without treatment, diabetes can lead to organ failure, blindness, amputation and heart disease.
Access to Diabetes education, healthy food choices and physical activity opportunities can reduce the risk of diabetes for Delawareans, specifically youth and low income populations.
What can we as a community do to reduce the risk of Diabetes and other chronic diseases? SCHC is actively identifying current resources and gathering information around possible gaps in resources and education for Diabetes and other chronic diseases in Sussex County. SCHC is coordinating a referral process to ensure that the populations who need diabetes prevention education the most can be referred to the appropriate resources in the community.
What else can we do to reduce the risk of diabetes in our communities? At the organizational level, we can help you become familiar with the educational resources in your backyard so that your organization’s employees and the populations you serve can have better access to those services. On a personal level, you can lead the charge in your neighborhood and in your family to start the steps to a healthier lifestyle through physical activity and healthy food choices. To learn more about Diabetes Prevention Education and physical activity and nutrition resources, visit us at HealthySussex.org or reach out to our staff to connect with our Health Committee.