NEW ORLEANS, LA – Sylvia Denson, RN, diabetes
programs coordinator and leader
of the diabetes institute at DePaul Community
Health Centers, reminds the community
that November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Due to
various factors, she reports
seeing an increase in the number of people living
with diabetes and persons deemed
pre-diabetic as the COVID-19 virus pandemic
“The coronavirus pandemic has greatly exposed the
disparities we face in diabetes
care. People living with diabetes are at a greater
risk for poor outcomes when they
contract the COVID-19 virus,” said Sylvia. “Diabetes
can be prevented and controlled
with small changes, when we have knowledge about
the disease and support from health
care providers and family members.”
DCHC offers diabetes self-management classes and a
diabetes prevention program for
people who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or
those who are at high-risk for
developing diabetes. Sylvia offers the following
tips the community may use to increase
awareness about diabetes:
Ask your doctor to screen you for diabetes.
If the screen shows you are at high-risk for
developing diabetes or have pre-
diabetes, join a diabetes prevention class.
Slowly increase your physical activity to 30
minutes, 5 days a week.
Stay hydrated. Drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water
Increase your intake of non-starchy vegetables, by
3 to 4 servings daily.
Seek help for and manage stress and depression
If you or someone you know is a person living with
diabetes, get info or
education on how to manage it.
Share your knowledge of diabetes with family and
Give support to someone you know living with
diabetes or pre-diabetes.
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