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.
Resources for Local Physicans
The National Diabetes Prevention Program
- What is Diabetes?
- How can we Help?
- Pre-Diabetes- Know Your Risk!
- Preventing Diabetes in our Community
- The ABC's of Diabetes and Heart Health
- Free Diabetes Classes
- Meet the Dietitian/ Diabetes Educator
- Resources for Physicians
- Diabetes Resources
- Tools for Faith Leaders
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.
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.
Whats Your Why?
Members of the Louisville Community helped us develop our latest Diabetes health campaign "What's Your Why". These local champions of health have made the little steps that have lead to big changes in their health. They are true models for our community. If you are looking to make a change and need some help eating healthier, taking care of your diabetes, preventing type 2 diabetes or stoping smoking, give us a call or connect with us here. We are here when your ready.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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
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.