Janice Hidalgo: Hello! I am Janice Hidalgo, Project Manager at IPRO, we're talking about how to self manage your Diabetes, learning to become a self manager of diabetes is the utmost in controlling diabetes and it's risk factors and preventing complications.
Diabetes is a chronic disease with many risk factors that can't be managed and some that cannot be changed. The ones that cannot be changed include: Age, Diabetes is more common over the age of 35. Ethnicity, diabetes is seen more frequently in African-American Hispanics, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders and genetic factors.
Diabetes is more common with the family history and with the history of gestational diabetes. The good news is that there are risk factors for diabetes that you can change or modify. They include, overweight or obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diagnoses of pre-diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you can control things about your lifestyle that may prevent you from actually developing diabetes, and if you already have diabetes, there are risk factors for complications of diabetes that you can control.
These include high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which place you at higher risk for things like heart diseases, stroke and kidney diseases. In these series, we'll talk about seven things you can do to delay or prevent diabetes, if you have been diagnose with pre-diabetes. We will also talk about how you can help prevent complications, if you have already been diagnosed with diabetes. These include healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, healthy coping, reducing risks, problem solving and action planning.
Before we began, let me tell you a little bit about myself, I serve as the Project Manager for the Diabetes Self Management Educational Program at IPRO. New York's' Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, an Independent Non-Profit Organization that works to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to Americans.
One of the areas we work on is in helping Medicare beneficiaries in New York, to manage their own diabetes and improving the quality of care they receive.