Bluevember – Diabetes awareness, prevention, and access equity

In this episode of Wellness Talk, and as part of American Diabetes Month, we talked with Dr. Ashby Walker about diabetes awareness, prevention and access equity.

Dr. Walker serves as the director for health equity initiatives at the UF Diabetes Institute. Her research as a medical sociologist focuses on Type 1 Diabetes and the role that social capital plays in determining health outcomes. Dr. Walker is an elected member of the American Diabetes Association National Health Disparities Committee and the Chronic Diseases & Conditions Priority Area Workgroup of the 2017–2021 Florida State Health Improvement Plan.

Every 23 seconds, another person in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes. An often “invisible” illness, diabetes affects 1 in 11 Americans and 86 million more are at risk for the disease. The University of Florida Diabetes Institute challenges you to “go blue” and turn November into “Bluevember” for diabetes awareness.

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  • Are you aware of your risk for type 2 diabetes? Prediabetes is the precursor to developing type 2 diabetes. It is a condition where your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes yet. The good news is that with awareness of your risk and the right lifestyle modifications, prediabetes and the onset of type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Take the risk screening now!
  • UF Diabetes Institute celebrates “Bluevember” by creating a series of videos to highlight the true experts: people living with diabetes!
  • The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a great resource for diabetes education, advocacy, and the latest research.
  • The ADA also provides a Health Equity Bill of Rights to overcome the barriers to access faced by individuals living with diabetes.
  • The CDC Diabetes page provides resources, publications, and factsheets that provide a basic overview of current information.
  • Project ECHO Diabetes uses the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) ModelTM to empower primary care providers managing adult and pediatric patients living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) or insulin-dependent Type 2 Diabetes who lack access to routine specialty care in underserved communities.
  • The Healthy Lifestyle Program is loosely based on the Diabetes Prevention Program and focuses on establishing a healthy lifestyle and developing healthy habits.


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