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Florida Health in Flagler Recognizes World Diabetes Day & Diabetes Awareness Month

November 13, 2019

Bunnell, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Flagler (DOH-Flagler) recognizes November 14 as World Diabetes Day and the entire month as Diabetes Awareness Month. World Diabetes Day was first created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization. Diabetes is a chronic disease where the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin if any at all. It also leads to serious health conditions and, some types of diabetes can be preventable.

There is a strong link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes. This is because over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes can also help lower your chances of having heart disease or a stroke:

  • Stop smoking or using other tobacco products.

  • Manage your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

  • Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits - be more physically active and learn ways to manage stress.

  • Take medicines as prescribed by your doctor.

"Reducing the incidence of diabetes remains a public health priority for Flagler County," said Health Administrator Robert Snyder with DOH-Flagler. "Flagler County is the 9th healthiest county in the state, and we're optimistic that in the first year of operating our diabetes education program is making a difference for our community."

Snyder and his team at DOH-Flagler are active members of AdventHealth Palm Coast's DiaBEATes Alliance to prevent and raise awareness about diabetes. In addition to participating in several health fairs this month, DOH-Flagler's diabetes educators attended a flag raising with, and received a proclamation from, the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners on Monday, November 4. Staff will also join the city of Palm Coast and others in recognizing World Diabetes Day this Thursday, November 14, 8:30AM, at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE.

Due to more effective treatments, people with diabetes are now living longer-and with a better quality of life-than ever before. Healthy lifestyles can also reduce the impact that diabetes may have on your life. Early treatment can prevent serious problems diabetes can cause, such as loss of eyesight or kidney damage.

When your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes you may be at risk for prediabetes. Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Eighty-six million American adults have prediabetes. Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes don't know they have it. Fortunately, making healthy lifestyle choices can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

To find out if you have prediabetes, stop by the Florida Department of Health in Flagler for a free blood sugar screening, weekdays from 8:30AM to 4PM. The address is 206 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell. The department's Diabetes Education Center provides classes for diabetes and prediabetes. For more information call 386-313-7263 or 386-313-7264.

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For information about the Florida Department of Health in Flagler, go to flagler.floridahealth.gov, call 386-437-7350, or visit 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.