Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming and some people may not know where to start. The American Diabetes Association is supporting those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes with their initiative called the Living with Type 2 Diabetes Program.
Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95% have type 2 diabetes. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to serious complications including heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputation and even death.
“The goal of the Living with Type 2 Diabetes Program is to provide newly diagnosed patients with the right information and tools at the right time to help them manage their disease and improve their lives,” said Gina Perales Hethcock, Communications Director. “Diabetes can be controlled with proper management so people can go on to live full and active lives.”
The Living with Type 2 Diabetes Program has two parts:
- Free Informational Booklet
The first part of the initiative is a free informational booklet. When a patient is diagnosed by his or her primary care provider, participating healthcare professionals will distribute the free informational booklet “Where Do I Begin? Living with Type 2 Diabetes,” this is available in English or Spanish.
- Free 12-Month Support Program
The second part of the initiative is a free, 12-month support program. The program will provide lifestyle education and offer guidance to help people with diabetes learn how to manage diabetes. Different topics include food and nutrition, stress and emotions, physical activity, preventing complications and how to stay motivated with diabetes management. Participants also receive a monthly e-newsletter with practical tips, new recipes and opportunities for online and community support. Those enrolled in the English version of the program will also receive three free issues of the Association’s award-winning magazine Diabetes Forecast.
People recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are invited to enroll in a free, 12- month program by visiting www.diabetes.org/living or calling 1-800-DIABETES.