Do you know if you have diabetes? Many people have diabetes and don't know it. When you learn your numbers, you can take action to prevent the disease or reduce its impact on your life.
The SEARHC Diabetes Program offers a full range of health care services for people with diabetes, including diabetes education, nutrition education and visiting medical specialists.
Diabetes Program: A Brief History" is a SEARHC Diabetes Prevention Program digital story.
Knowing your numbers is especially important for American Indians and Alaska Natives, who have the highest rate of diabetes among major ethnic groups, more than twice the rate of non-Natives. And the rate is growing.
Many cases of Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, a medical condition that can lead to diabetes, are preventable with healthy eating habits, regular exercise, tobacco cessation and other lifestyle changes. SEARHC offers a 16-week Lifestyle Balance education program for Native adults with prediabetes that teaches them how to prevent diabetes. To learn more about the Lifestyle Balance program, visit their webpage.
Diabetes Health Screening Consent form (158kb PDF)
Hemoglobin A1c Know Your Numbers chart (33kb PDF)
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This month, the NDEP’s Partner Spotlight is on the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, for using NDEP Resources to Raise Awareness of Diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives.