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    Texas Diabetes Program - Council
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    PO Box 149347 Austin, Texas 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: (512) 776-7490
    Fax: (512) 776-7408


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Texas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

More than one million Texans have been diagnosed with diabetes and another half million are believed to have undiagnosed diabetes. Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Member of a high risk group: African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American
  • Family history of diabetes
  • High or low blood sugar
  • Overweight (over 20% ideal weight)
  • Limited physical exercise
  • Age 45 or older
  • Previous diabetes with pregnancy or you’ve had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth

How to find out if you have diabetes
New guidelines recommend everyone age 45 and older consider being tested for diabetes every three years. People in high risk ethnic groups should be tested at a younger age. You’ll need two different fasting blood sugar (FBS) tests on two different days. If both FBS test results are 126 mg/dl or greater, you have diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious disease
Diabetes can lead to blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, amputations and death. You can prevent or delay complications from diabetes by eating healthy meals, exercising regularly, controlling your weight, monitoring your blood sugar, taking the medicine your doctor prescribes and living a healthy lifestyle.

About our programs

The programs and activities of the Texas Diabetes Council are made possible through state and federal funding and partnerships with other organizations across the state that share the Council’s vision of a Texas free of diabetes and its complications.

The Texas Department of State Health Services administers grant-funded initiatives and contracted services, while Council members serve on numerous committees and work groups addressing current issues affecting people with diabetes and those at risk.

» Diabetes Care

» Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)

» Educational Materials

» Diabetes Prevention Program

» Diabetic Eye Disease Program

» Professional Education

» Youth and Diabetes

* External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to persons with disabilities.

 

Last updated May 18, 2018