Denton County Public Health increases diabetes awareness

In a recent report to Denton County Commissioners Court, Joe Paul Gallo, Disease Control and Prevention Division Director at Denton County Public Health (DCPH) explained that diabetes is a growing epidemic that affects 14.2 percent of the adult population in Texas.

“Studies show that more than one in three American adults have prediabetes, but 90 percent do not know they have it,” he said.

Identification and management of diabetes helps individuals to lower their risks of developing complications. The American Diabetes Association reports that a 1 percent reduction in the HbA1c can reduce complications by 40 percent or more.

“Reducing A1c measurements can reduce incidents of everything from cataracts to heart failure and stroke,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “That is why awareness about diabetes is so important to us in Denton County.”

Denton County has performed better than the state in curbing the rate of uncontrolled diabetes hospitalizations to 17 per 100,000 population.

“Fewer hospitalizations also mean reduced health care costs, which helps everyone,” said Precinct One Commissioner Hugh Coleman. “Based on statistics, lowering A1c by 1 percent can lead to an estimated $778,000 in hospitalization costs in Denton County alone.”

The Denton County Commissioners Court approved a resolution in support of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, asking everyone to educate themselves about the disease and become familiar with symptoms.

For details about symptoms, treatment and prevention, visit www.CDC.gov/diabetes. DCPH’s Diabetes Education and Case Management information can be found at www.DentonCounty.gov/Departments/HealthServices/Denton-County-Public-Health/Diabetes-Education-and-Case-Management.