Diabetes Prevention


The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is a subsidiary of the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control program, a member of the Healthy Living with Diabetes Program, and Accredited by the American Assoication of Diabetes Educators.











State Diabetes Resource Directory 


Diabetes in Jefferson Co. 

Diabetes has become an all too familiar disease. Few of us can say that we, or someone we know, are not effected by its reach. More than 1 in 10 adults in Louisville currently live with Diabetes.

Many factos can lead to the development of diabetes including poor diet, low activity, family history, and ethnicity It is a SERIOUS condition where the body can no longer ocntrol the amount of glucose int he blood. Those with diabetes, who do not actively control their condition are at a higher risk for developing other serious health problems suchas kidney disease, heart disease, amputation, and blindness. Beause of tis associated risks, diabetes is also and expensive disease. This cost can be an even larger burdgen for those already living in poverty. 


Know your Risk!

A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. 

Could you have prediabetes? Take the quiz and find out if you are at risk. Click on the prediabetes test widget below and answer the seven questions to get your prediabetes score.

Knowing your risk is the first step to treating or preventing diabetes. If you are at risk, or have already been diagnosed, there are several programs that can help you take care of yourself. Please call 502-574-6663 to engage with local services or for help understanding yout risk. 




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Current Happenings 

Louisville Metro Public Health and IDEASx Lab


A new series of billboards in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood highlight food justice as part of IDEAS xLab’s Project HEAL (Health. Equity. Art. Learning.).


Louisville, KY -- Building on the momentum of Project HEAL's One Poem At A Time, which launched April 1, 2017 with a series of billboards lifting up the voices of community members in Smoketown, a second round of billboards will be on display for two months starting the week of June 19, 2017.

Created through a partnership between IDEAS xLab and the Louisville Metro Department for Public Health and Wellness Diabetes Prevention Program, the new series of billboards highlights food justice, culinary heritage and planting seeds early to cultivate a healthy generation.

“For this series of billboards, I photographed community members who live, work, learn and play in Smoketown,” said IDEAS xLab co-founder and artist Josh Miller. “We wanted to highlight the positive benefits of eating together, urban farming and healthy activities. Rather than showcasing the negative aspects of living in a food desert, we’re spotlighting the ways that community members are combating negative health like growing their own produce in the backyard and eating meals together.”

Too often health messaging is all about what you shouldn’t do. The Diabetes Prevention Program at Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness is excited to partner with IDeasX lab on this project because they have put a beautiful and positive spin on the healthy actions necessary to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes.

The series of seven billboards are being launched in conjunction with Project HEAL’s Summer of Justice program, which is being offered every Tuesday and Thursday in Smoketown for middle and high-school students. The Summer of Justice was developed by artist Hannah Drake of IDEAS xLab, and will be led by the Project HEAL Community Health Champion, ShawnNika Queen.

"Summer of Justice is a program that all around focuses on justice using the five senses," said Queen. "The hope is to educate, strengthen and empower young people to acknowledge and voice issues they face today and create change for their future."

The program will explore through arts and culture what justice tastes, smells, looks, feels and sounds like, and is supported by Louisville Metro Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods, Health Impact Project, KentuckyOne Health and Fund for the Arts.

Learn more about the Project HEAL billboards, Smoketown's Summer of Justice, and explore the Try Health resource page including Diabetes Prevention Program information by visiting SmoketownVoice.com.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSME/DSMS) provide the evidence-based foundation needed for diabetic patients to navigate the multitude of daily care decisions necessary for their long term well-being.  DSME/S is reported to reduce A1C by as much as 1% in people with Type 2 diabetes and has been shown to be cost effective by lowering the risk for diabetes-related complications and reducing hospital admissions and readmissions. Despite this evidence, only 6.8% of individuals with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes with private health insurance receive DSME/S within 12 months of diagnosis, and only 4% of Medicare participants received DSME and/or medical nutrition therapy.

The American Association of Diabetic Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have identified four “critical time points” for DSME/S referrals in the care of someone with diabetes.

  • At the initial diagnosis of diabetes;
  • On an annual basis to maintain continuous education and prevent diabetes-related complications;
  • When new complications that could influence self-management or treatment plans occur; and
  • During transitions of care.

These critical points suggest the time at which a DSME/S intervention will be the most effective.


Consequently, healthcare providers must have resources and a systematic referral process to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes receive both DSME and DSMS in a consistent manner. The Louisville Department of Health and Wellness is committed, as you are, to provide quality resources for DSME/S to all in the community. We offer DSME classes monthly, using an AADE accredited curriculum, which includes care coordination and follow-up with both the participant and their physician’s office. We strive to offer group based DSME that is still individualized to the patient’s needs.  These resources are free of charge and open to Jefferson County residents.  We welcome and encourage referrals from our area physicians.

Please call 502-574-6663 for more information on how to enroll your patients in our classes. 

Have a referal? Fax to 502-574-5650 or email us here 

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Resources for Faith Leaders 

As a leader in your faith community, you are in an important position to help people prevent type 2 diabetes and manage all types of diabetes. Your members trust you and understand that you support their well-being. You know how to reach and inspire them. You can motivate them to take steps toward healthful living. This Faith Leaders Toolkit features tip sheets, webinars, videos, social media messages, and other materials that make it easy for you to:

  • Spread the word about type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management.
  • Organize type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management activities in your community.
  • Create an environment that supports healthy choices.

 Whether you are just starting a diabetes initiative or already have a program in place, the Faith Leaders Toolkit has resources to help you meet the needs of your congregation.

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The ABC's of Diabetes and Heart Health 

The American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology have teamed up to raise public awareness of the “ABCs of diabetes,” namely A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol. To have a good sense of your risk of cardiovascular disease and other diabetes complications, you need to “know your numbers.”


The A1C, or HbA1c, test is a measure of blood glucose control over the previous 2–3 months. Small changes in A1C can make a big difference in your risk for diabetes-related complications. For example, lowering your A1C level by just one percentage point can reduce your risk for all complications by 30% to 35% and cut your risk of heart attack by 18%. Each A1C percentage point above 7.0% doubles your risk of complications.


Your blood pressure should be checked at every medical appointment. For most people with diabetes or hypertension, the recommended blood pressure target is blood pressure below 140/80 mm Hg.


Have a blood test to measure triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol at least once a year. The goals for most people are as follows, but these numbers may be modified based on your health or risk factors:

• LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, under 100 mg/dl

• Triglycerides, under 150 mg/dl

• HDL (“good”) cholesterol for men, above 40 mg/dl

• HDL (“good”) cholesterol for women, above 50 mg/dl

These numbers may be different for different people, but Knowing your Numbers is the first step to controlling or preventing disease. 

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Our Certified Diabetes Educators can help you manage diabetes and feel more confident about taking care of yourself.

 If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes understanding your condition is importaint. Learn how to manage diabetes and eat better through diabetes classes and nutrition presentations.

 Check out our current class schedules

Certified Diabetes Educators can tell you about:

·         Diabetes Prevention

·         Managing your Diabetes

·        Excersise groups with a special focus on Diabetes- Active Steps for Diabetes 

·         Finding your healthy lifestyle with Living Well Workshops 

·         Nutrition and Healthy Eating  

Services available

  • One on one nutrition counciling
  • Diabetes Self Management Education 
  • Diabetes Prevention services for those with Pre-Diabetes
  • Speakers to adress your group at worksites, faith organizations or other community groups. 

Call 574-6663 to request a class or a presentation for your group or fill out an event request form here

Ready to sign up for a diabetes class? check out our class schedules on the resource page or fill out a class signup form here

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Have Questions?

If you have questions about managing diabetes, healthy eating or want to talk with a Nutritionist or Certified Diabetes Educator call 574-6663 or email us here



Need Resources?

Diabetes Classes are available near you, for persons with diabetes, pre-diabetes and caretakers!

Our Resource Guide can link you to resources to help support you with living a healthy life.

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