Arm Yourself with Knowledge in the Fight Against Diabetes

March 28 is American Diabetes Alert Day
This March, Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network supports American Diabetes Alert Day, a time to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease. For too many Americans, diabetes is thought of as a minor hindrance rather than a life-changing condition. Quality Insights is one of many organizations seeking to raise awareness, share the risk factors for getting diabetes, and help those who have diabetes learn how to manage their condition and live a healthier life.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million people have diabetes in the United States. That is about 1 out of every 11 people. Of those, one out of four doesn’t know they have diabetes. One of the best defenses in fighting this disease is knowledge.
“If you have diabetes, we encourage you to learn as much as possible,” said Quality Insights Director Rebecca Cochran, MSN, RN, CPHQ. “This disease impacts every major system in the body, but the good news is its negative effects can be controlled through lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and following a care plan in consultation with your doctor.”
As a Medicare Quality Innovation Network, Quality Insights offers free diabetes management classes through the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. Weekly group classes are taught by certified diabetes trainers and typically last six weeks. Participants are taught to manage their diabetes through nutrition, exercise, self-monitoring, diabetes medications and community resources and support. There is no cost to participate in the program.
“Through the Everyone with Diabetes Counts program, we bring communities together to learn about, prevent and control diabetes,” says Cochran.

Find free diabetes classes near you. Visit the American Diabetes Association's website to learn more about diabetes.