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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: November 17, 2011


According to the 2010 Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Survey nearly 60,000 Delawareans have diabetes, a leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness, lower-limb amputations, heart disease and stroke. This chronic disease requires extensive daily management, on-going medical monitoring, and costly, lifelong treatment. An additional 39,000 Delawareans have pre-diabetes, a condition in which a person's glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough for the diagnosis of diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is the term for the pre-stage of type 2 diabetes and replaces common terms such as "borderline" diabetes and the description that a person has a "touch of sugar." People with pre-diabetes are at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Delawareans with diabetes or pre-diabetes can control these conditions or reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes through increased physical activity, eating a healthy diet and other lifestyle modifications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program, people who made healthy eating choices, increased their physical activity, strengthened coping skills, and benefitted from group support showed a marked reduction in their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The Delaware Diabetes Prevention and Control Program offers a statewide six-week free Diabetes Self-Management Program, an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University. In weekly 2 ½-hour classes, participants learn the importance of eating healthy, getting physically active, taking medications as prescribed, understanding and managing common symptoms, and learning the overall day-to-day skills and tools for managing this chronic disease.

For more information on this program or other services, please call the Delaware's Division of Public Health's Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at 302-744-1020.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.