Help is available
There are simple steps you can take to prevent or manage diabetes. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to make diabetes prevention or management part of your daily life. However, you don’t have to figure it out alone. Check out the resources on this page to learn healthy habits that work.
Resources to help prevent diabetes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program promotes lifestyle change for preventing type 2 diabetes. Classes are available online or in person. Patients work with a coach to learn ways to make physical activity and eating healthy part of their daily routine. The coach also helps identify emotions and lifestyle factors that can hurt a patient’s success. For additional support, class members empower each other and share tips to deal with tough areas.
The YMCA is another resource that offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program through participating YMCA locations in Texas. Visit the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program website for details and to find out if there is a program near you.
Other program providers in Texas are listed in the CDC National Registry of Recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs.
Learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Resources to help manage diabetes
The Texas Diabetes Council (TDC) offers materials to help patients understand how diabetes works and how to prevent it from causing more health problems. It’s best to look at these materials with your diabetes educator.
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) provides different types of resources to help people with diabetes handle their challenges. Diabetes educators are health professionals who are trained to help diabetes patients develop and follow a plan to stay healthy. Diabetes education is covered by Medicare and most health plans. Your doctor may also refer you to a diabetes educator. Click on the links below to learn more.