Diabetes affects too many lives in Big Horn County. At Bighorn Valley Health Center we look to have a positive impact on those who have diabetes. This provides another opportunity for our focus on integrated health care. We have a Registered Dietitian offering DEEP (Diabetes Empowerment & Education Program) classes who works closely with the Primary Care Doctor and Behavioral Health Specialist.
Our new round of DEEP classes in ASHLAND begin!
Diabetes Empowerment & Education Program
DEEP is designed as an 5-9 week curriculum divided into eight modules covering topics that include diabetes risk factors, complications, nutrition, physical activity, use of the glucose meter and medications, building partnerships with a diabetes health care team, psychosocial effects of illness, problem-solving strategies, and how to access community diabetes resources. The curriculum is based on national diabetes care and diabetes self-management education guidelines and recommendations.
- Prevalence: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.
- Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
- Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
- Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
- New Cases: 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
- Prediabetes: In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke. Other names for prediabetes are impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose.
- Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234,051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
Source: American Diabetes Association