Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Preventing Diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

November is National Diabetes Month, and it’s also National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. ethnic groups. 17% of American Indians and Alaska Natives have type 2 diabetes, and an estimated 30% have prediabetes.

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has a toolkit specifically developed for American Indians and Alaska Natives with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. They offer educational materials covering a variety of topics including secondary prevention, blood sugar monitoring, and psychosocial support. A list of NDEP publications and materials tailored for American Indian and Alaska Native populations can be found here.

The National Indian Health Service (IHS) has also developed its own toolkit for American Indians and Alaska Natives impacted by diabetes. Their featured resource is a food insecurity assessment, and they also provide a library of educational materials for patients, providers, and family members. Check out IHS’s website here for a list of their printable materials.

In Colorado, the National Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help people reduce risk for type 2 diabetes by facilitating healthy lifestyle changes. To learn more about this program, visit the CDC’s website. To learn more about the National DPP in Colorado, visit our website.  For a list of CDC recognized National DPP programs in Colorado, click here.

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