Diabetes Program

The Diabetes Program at Magoffin County Health Department is a Level 2 program. The program provides or coordinates a variety of public awareness activities aimed at the general public and those with or at risk for diabetes to raise awareness about all aspects of diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot use food in the right way.

Diabetes is a rising epidemic! It is estimated that by the year 2025, fifty million people in America will have diabetes. It will cost about $1 trillion a year for the treatment. One (1) in ten (10) adults in Ky. has diabetes.

Possible signs or symptoms of diabetes to look for include:

*Being very thirsty
*Being very hungry
*Urinating often
*More tired than usual
*Having dry, itchy skin
*Blurred vision
*Sores that will not heal

Before people develop type 2 diabetes they may have “pre-diabetes”. Pre-diabetes is when blood sugars are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Making a few healthy changes lowers the risk of developing diabetes. In a major study, lifestyle changes decreased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% over a 3 year period. Lifestyle changes were effective for all ages and ethnic groups.

Steps to help prevent or control diabetes include:

*if you are overweight, lose as little as 5-7% of your current body weight
*Make wise food choices most of the time
*Limit fat, salt and alcohol
*Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables or fruits every day
*Be sure you know how much is in a serving of food
*Get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week
*Manage your stress
*Control your blood pressure
*Maintain a normal cholesterol level
*Keep your A1c less than 7%

The Diabetes Program provides educational information to the local community that target behavior changes in persons with or at risk for diabetes and their families. Magoffin County Citizens are encouraged to participate in the various programs and activities:

*The Diabetes Self-Management Training Program is an eight (8) hours course that provides education from the following curriculum:

1) Overview of Diabetes
2) Problem solving for acute complications
3) Eating healthy
4) Being physically active
5) Reducing risks of diabetes complications
6) Monitoring and managing diabetes
7) Utilizing Resources and Teaching Tools
8) Preconception counseling and gestational diabetes

The training is held annually and is FREE to the public.

*The Magoffin County Diabetes Support Group meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month in the Health Education Room at Magoffin County Health Department. The meetings are from 1:00PM – 2:00PM. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information regarding the Diabetes Support Group meetings, please contact Kathy Borders, R.N., Diabetes Coordinator at 606-349-6212.

*Magoffin County established a Diabetes Coalition in 2005. Members of the coalition include a variety of diverse citizens concerned about the alarming statistical data of people in Magoffin County and Eastern Kentucky with diabetes and at risk for developing the disease. Diabetes awareness and prevention are both goals of the coalition. The coalition meets quarterly and is involved in other activities throughout the year.

*The Magoffin County Diabetes Program is involved in diabetes awareness during the annual Founder’s Day Festivities held Labor Day weekend.

*Presentations on diabetes and the prevention of the disease are scheduled throughout the year at various Civic Organizations and Clubs in the county.

If you have risk factors or want more information on diabetes, please contact the Diabetes Coordinator at 606-349-6212.