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Diabetes is a disease with serious health consequences, but it is also controllable and preventable.

In 2016, Mississippi ranked first in the nation for overall diabetes prevalence, with an estimated 308,295 adult Mississippians living with diabetes (over 13.6% of the adult population).

Diabetes accounted for 1,083 deaths in Mississippi in 2016. In addition, many more Mississippians live with the complications of type 2 diabetes, including lower extremity amputations, end stage renal disease, blindness, loss of protective sensation, heart disease and premature death.

Diabetes is preventable. Learn more below about your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and the small steps you can take to delay or prevent the disease and live a longer, healthier life.

About Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is an incurable disease that affects the way the body uses food. Diabetes causes glucose levels in the blood to be too high. Normally, during digestion the body changes sugars, starches, and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Glucose is carried to the body's cells and, with the help of insulin (a hormone), is converted into energy. In healthy people, blood glucose levels are kept within normal ranges by proper insulin function.

People develop type 2 diabetes because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not use insulin properly. As a result, the amount of sugar in the blood increases, while the cells are starved of energy. Over time, high blood sugar damages nerves and blood vessels, leading to complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve problems, gum infections, and amputation.

Diabetes Can Be Prevented

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that moderate diet and exercise that results in 5 to 7 percent weight loss can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes.

Pre-Diabetes

Pre-diabetes simply means that one is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If your blood sugar level is higher than normal but lower than the diabetes range, then you have pre-diabetes. The good news is you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes and even return to normal blood sugar levels. With modest weight loss and moderate physical activity, you can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Learn more »

In this video, people with pre-diabetes talk about how the CDC's group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and keep healthy habits.

The Cost of Diabetes

Managing Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you can take steps to manage it. One of our self-management training programs can provide skills to help keep you as healthy as possible.

MSDH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

The MSDH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program works to prevent diabetes in the state, and to reduce the lifestyle and other factors that contribute to diabetes. The program creates partnerships for diabetes education, prevention and management. The details are in our state Diabetes Action Plan.

Contact

MSDH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 601-206-1559



Links referenced
Read about the symptoms of diabetes    http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/
More diabetes resources    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,86,html
National Diabetes Prevention Program    http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/preventionprogram/
Find out if you're at risk for developing type 2 diabetes    http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/
More on preventing Type 2 diabetes    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,9136,296,html
Learn more »    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes.htm
View video on YouTube    https://youtu.be/mRVZ9lkubag
The Economic Burden of Diabetes in Mississippi, 2013    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7317,296,pdf/BurdenOfDiabetes2013.pdf
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Diabetes self-management programs    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,474,html
Diabetes management resources from the CDC    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/index.html
More about the program and its activities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,469,html
Mississippi Diabetes Action Plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7612,296,pdf/Diabetes%20Action%20Plan.pdf
More diabetes resources    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,86,html

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