National Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes is a condition with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is when your body does not use insulin properly, or is insulin resistant. The pancreas creates extra insulin, but over time it cannot keep up and make enough insulin to keep the blood glucose at normal levels. Current estimates from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) suggest that type 2 diabetes affects approximately 20.6% of Asian Americans overall1, but 1 in 2 Asian Americans do not know that they have type 2 diabetes2. Koreans, specifically, are at growing risk for type 2 diabetes. In order to prevent this growing issue, six staff members were trained in 2017 by NYC to lead a CDC-developed curriculum: National Diabetes Prevention Program. Since then, PHRC provided six culturally competent workshops in Flushing and Corona for more than 150 Koreans at risk of diabetes development. These workshops consist of a diabetes education lecture, diabetic-friendly snack prepared by the lifestyle coaches, and a brief exercise activity. There has been positive growth in participant numbers and for those interested. The most outstanding achievement for diabetes division was that KCS became eligible to provide Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program supplier!
1.“Diabetes Mellitus in Asian Americans // .” Diabetes Mellitus in Asian Americans, aadi.joslin.org/en/diabetes-mellitus-in-asian-americans.
2.“Diabetes Home.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 Oct. 2016, www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/spotlights/diabetes-asian-americans.html