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Discover, prevent, and manage diabetes

November 4, 2019 - Cabinet Secretary - Blog

Did you know out of approximately 2 million people in New Mexico, more than 567,000 of them have prediabetes? New Mexico has a diabetes problem – and we’re all part of the solution.

Prediabetes means a person’s blood-sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 50 percent of type 2 cases are preventable, but you can’t have prevention without awareness.

This November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and with the holidays approaching and all the turkey and trimmings that come with it, there’s no better time than right now for you and your family to learn more about the disease and how to prevent it, or if you already have it, how to manage it.

Type 2 diabetes is nothing to ignore. If not properly treated it can be lead to other conditions such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, amputation and even early death.

Anyone could have prediabetes and face a chance for developing type 2 diabetes if they have any of the following risk factors:

  • Age 40 years or older
  • Overweight
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Physically active fewer than three times a week
  • Ever had gestational diabetes (the type of diabetes seen in pregnant women)

Simple action can reduce those risks but requires early action. Among the recommended places you can go to learn more are:

The National Diabetes Prevention Program—or National DPP—is a partnership of public and private organizations, such as New Mexico Department of Health, working to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

The National DPP provides a year-long program proven to help people with prediabetes change their lifestyle to improve their health. Participants work with a trained lifestyle coach and share their experiences with others who have the same goals and challenges. Classes are available statewide in person or online.  

For people with other diagnosed chronic conditions, the Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living initiative supported by the NMDOH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program offers a variety of evidence based self-management programs in Spanish and English. The programs are designed for adults of all ages, and they help New Mexicans gain the confidence and motivation they need to take care of their health, as well as learn new skills to prevent diabetes or better manage their chronic health conditions. The programs are offered around the state by trained individuals in community and clinical settings.

If you want more information about our Paths to Health  NM, program check out https://www.pathstohealthnm.org/. You can learn more at the NMDOH Diabetes Prevention and Control program page.


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