Currently, in Texas approximately 2.33 million (11.2%) adults have diabetes. Unmanaged diabetes may put a person at risk of developing other chronic disease conditions such as kidney and heart problems, and potentially lead to stroke. Additionally, increased healthcare costs to the individual and local communities.
These conditions can be prevented or delayed through healthy eating practices, physical activity, and monitoring health indicators such as blood glucose. Education is an integral component in managing the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in Texas. People with diabetes who maintain their blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers (including those with hypertension) within recommended ranges can keep their costs, health risks, quality of life, and productivity very close to those without the disease. Programs focusing on dietary and self-care management and physical activity provide an opportunity to address the current issue in the state of Texas.
Extension agents and local health professionals deliver diabetes programs (Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes, Si Yo Puedo, Controlar Mi Diabetes, and Wisdom, Power, Control) primarily face-to-face with virtual programming when necessary. Curricula are consistent with the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and delivered using presentations, class activities, suggested practice activities each week, and an evaluation program. County agents are trained to organize local health professionals and establish coalition partnerships to help plan, market, and provide the class series. These partnerships are vital to the success of the program.
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