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DCHD Recognizes November as National Diabetes Month
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The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) recognizes November as National Diabetes Month, an opportunity to educate our community regarding the seriousness of diabetes and the complications that can occur. DCHD advises that everyone should use this time to become aware of the risk factors and complications of diabetes, along with effective preventive measures. It is the responsibility of the entire community to learn more about diabetes and the actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of occurrences and complications.

 

According to DCHD research, Duval County has approximately 83,000 people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Of Florida’s 11 counties with populations greater than 500,000, Duval County has the highest diabetes mortality rate compared to the other 10 larger counties in the state including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Orange County. African Americans have been affected more severely than any other race.  African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to develop diabetes than non-Hispanic white adults. The diabetes age-adjusted death rate for African Americans in Duval County is 49.3 deaths per 100,000, which far exceeds that of the state rate of 41.4.

 

Diabetes risk factors include: ethnicity, age, genetic predisposition, physical inactivity, and obesity. Symptoms include: dizziness, excessive thirst and hunger, frequent urination, and delayed wound healing. If left untreated, diabetes can result in various complications which can include: blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, nerve damage, and amputations.

 

Many community resources in Duval County are available to educate and raise awareness about the risk and severity of diabetes, such as DCHD’s A New Deal Diabetes Self-Management Education program.  This program conducts diabetes risk assessments and provides further information and education for those found to have and be at risk for diabetes. Information about diabetes can also be obtained from reputable websites such as: The American Diabetes Association, The American Association of Endocrinologists, and the Mayo Clinic.

 

Getting screened for diabetes and practicing healthy habits through increased physical activity and healthy dietary patterns are ways to reduce the risk of diabetes. For those with diabetes, some management actions may include: monitoring blood sugars, following a diet plan, managing medications, and visiting the doctor regularly.

 

For more information on diabetes prevention and management, contact DCHD’s A New Deal Program at 904.253.2271.

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