Passport Sponsors Diabetes Alert Day on March 27 for people to “Know Their Numbers”

ADA-passport-logoThe American Diabetes Association is teaming up with Passport Health Plan and The Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for Alert Day 2018 to encourage providers to share their patient’s risk and then help Kentuckians get the support they need!

Alert Day, set for Tuesday, March 27, will begin an ongoing conversation and campaign about the importance of people “Knowing their Numbers” so they can begin to take the proper steps to reduce their risk for diabetes or start to manage the disease.

Approximately 531,646 people in Kentucky, or 14.5% of the adult population, have diabetes. Of these, an estimated 108,000 have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk. In addition, more than 1 million Kentuckians have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes unless they take immediate action.

For more information, please contact the ADA at 859-268-9129 or krowland@diabetes.org. You can also go online to www.diabetes.org/alertdayky for more resources, including a risk test and educational information.

 

Passport joins with ADA to present ‘Super Saturday’ event in Lexington

ADA-passport-logoPassport and the American Diabetes Association are presenting a special event on Saturday, November 18, in Lexington for residents to come out and learn all about eating better and moving more.

The “Super Saturday” event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be at the William Wells Brown Community Center at 548 E. Sixth St. in Lexington, is open to the public and will have information for people with diabetes, people with prediabetes, and people who want to help minimize their risk for getting diabetes.

The event will have speakers to provide education and motivation, opportunities for attendees to participate in chair exercises, and a good sampling of healthy food options. There will also be vendors to visit and an opportunity for a free kidney screening, courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation.

To register for the event, please go online to diabetes.org/supersaturday or call (859) 268-9129.

 

Simple test can help people see if they are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes

American Diabetes Association logoNearly 26 million people in the U.S. (about 8.3 percent of the population) have diabetes. Of these, about 7 million are undiagnosed, and about 8 million have prediabetes (which is when blood-glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes).

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

As part of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Passport is working with the American Diabetes Association  to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. One easy way to do that is for people to take a simple “Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test” online by clicking here.

For more information about the American Diabetes Association, go online to diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383). Also, click here to learn more about what Passport does to help members who have diabetes.