Diabetes affects more than 30.3 million Americans and can cause vision loss or blindness, heart attacks and strokes, and other serious complications. In 2015, 11.4 percent of Texans had diabetes. (Texas Department of State Health Services)
Texas Health and Human Services and the Texas Diabetes Council are working with communities like yours, to give you the facts about diabetes and help you work with your doctor to protect your health.
If you are diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes you can better control your disease with a few simple steps. Diabetes education classes can teach you the best ways to care for yourself, so that you can live a healthier life.
The classes will help you:
- Make better decisions about your diabetes.
- Work with your health care team to get the support you need.
- Understand how to better take care of yourself and learn the skills for:
- Healthier eating.
- Moving more.
- Knowing your blood sugar.
- How to best take your medicine.
- Solving problems.
- Coping with the emotional side of diabetes.
- Reducing your risk of other health problems.
If you need help paying for medical care, visit YourTexasBenefits.com to see if you qualify for medical assistance.
Health Care Providers
As a health care provider, you know that people who actively engage in their own treatment plans can significantly improve their health outcomes. One such way is to participate in a diabetes self-management education and support program.
If you don’t already have a list of programs in your area, HHS is making it easier for you to help your patients find a program. Simply refer them to the website you are on right now: hhs.texas.gov/diabetes.
The American Association of Diabetes Educators has created a form for physicians and other qualified non-physician practitioners to make referrals for diabetes self-management services.
The Texas Diabetes Council and the Texas Department of State Health Services provide free materials for diabetes educators.
As a member of the profession, you can help spread the word about diabetes education by promoting the value of education programs to doctors in your area. The American Association of Diabetes Educators has information to help with information about:
- Building a Business Case for Diabetes Self-care Management
- Leadership in Your Practice
- Diabetes Education Accreditation Program
Medical Practice Organizations
Interested in ways to improve Texas’ maternal outcomes, reduce hospital readmissions for diabetes complications, or increase recognition or receive accreditation? Learn about diabetes prevention and other diabetes associated programs and initiatives.