Diabetes in Older Americans

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Diabetes in Older Americans

Free Brochures Help with Control

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Power to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands campaign, is designed to help older adults better understand and control diabetes. Diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Pacific islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives than in White Americans. It is also one of the leading causes of death in the United States. However, there’s a lot that can be done to prevent or delay complications and early death from diabetes.

Power to Control Diabetes goals for older adults with diabetes are:

  • To better understand diabetes;
     
  • To take charge of their blood glucose (or sugar) management;
     
  • To more comfortably talk to their doctor or other health care provider about diabetes care;
     
  • To take advantage of their related Medicare benefits to help pay for their equipment, supplies and prescriptions.
     

Since the diabetes epidemic continues to grow, it’s important for older adults with diabetes, their family members, and close others to take advantage of the free NDEP brochures on diabetes control. They can be obtained in English or Spanish by visiting the NDEP Web Site atwww.ndep.nih.gov, or calling 1-800-438-5383.

Note: NDEP is a joint Federal program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).