Diabetes News and Announcements

May 6th is National Get Fit, Don't Sit Day!

We are sitting 8- 13 hours a day, and that is wreaking havoc on our health. A recent study suggests that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to a 91 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As Fortune magazine put it, “too much sitting is the new smoking.” Available for download is an infographic on the sitting epidemic.

The solution: get out of your chair, stand, stretch, walk, or climb some stairs. Every 90 minutes get your body moving.

Just don’t sit there! Get up and get moving at least every 90 minutes — starting today and every day.

About 345,000 Minnesotans with high blood pressure report not receiving recommended diabetes testing

The Minnesota Department of Health announced the publication of a study finding 1 in 3 adults with high blood pressure reported they did not receive a diabetes test during the past three years.

This work, led by MDH’s Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke Programs, appears in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD). Read the full article.

As the article states, the most common pairing of chronic conditions across ages is diabetes and hypertension. Nearly 20% of Minnesota adults with high blood pressure reported having diabetes, and nearly 11% reported having prediabetes.

Still, the study findings suggest that many at-risk Minnesotans are not being screened for diabetes, or they don’t know that they’ve been screened. For that reason, it’s important that people know their blood pressure numbers, ask about screenings, and get the support they need to lead healthier lives.
Everyone can play a part in increasing the number of people who are screened for diabetes.

Healthcare providers can:

  •  Use electronic medical records to better identify adults who need regular screening and when those screenings should happen.
  • Refer patients with prediabetes or diabetes to a Diabetes Prevention or Management Program, to help them better manage their condition and reduce health risks.

People with high blood pressure can:

  • Schedule a preventive appointment with their provider – it’s a covered benefit.
  • Ask your provider if you’ve been screened for diabetes, and if not, ask to be screened. Blood glucose screening for people with diagnosed hypertension is a covered preventive service.

CDC Launches National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014

MDH Health Alert: Safe Practices for Diabetes Screening

Do you check blood sugars? These tips can help you to do it safely!

If you screen blood glucose with groups of people -

You can avoid infections and spreading diseases such as hepatitis.

Avoid infections and spreading diseases such as hepatitis by following these steps:

  1. Review your blood glucose screening protocols and follow the package instructions for all equipment.
  2. Use only blood glucose meters FDA-approved for use on more than one person. Clean and disinfect the meter after every use according to the package insert directions.
  3. Use only single-use disposable, auto-disabling finger stick devices; dispose in an approved Sharps container immediately after use.
  4. Wash your hands well with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before you begin, after testing each client, and after handling any equipment.
  5. Always wear disposable gloves and change gloves with each new person being screened.
  6. Wipe the client’s fingertip with a disposable alcohol pad before doing the finger-stick.

Learn more about screening and injection safety -

Improve your diabetes community screening.

Here is how you can improve your community diabetes screening:
The American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Care recommend against community screening outside a health care setting because:

  • People with positive tests may not get appropriate follow-up testing and care.
  • Most use non-fasting fingerstick testing, which is very inaccurate. There is a risk that some people with undiagnosed disease may be told they are normal based on a fingerstick test. A hemoglobin A1C test is far more accurate. Portable, point-of-care A1C testing machines may be available to community organizations through their clinical partners.
  • Community organizations can screen for diabetes using tested tools for assessing diabetes risk factors such as age, weight, and family history. This is a good way to educate people about what they can do to lower their risk for diabetes.

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Help people in your community lower their risk for diabetes.

Help people in your community lower their risk for diabetes by encouraging them to:

  • Talk to a health care professional about their risk
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Not smoke or using tobacco products

Find more resources here

If you check your own blood sugar or another person's, here is how you can avoid infections and spreading diseases such as hepatitis:

  1. Doctor taking a blood sample from a patientWash your hands well with soap and water or use hand disinfectant before and after you do your check.
  2. Wipe the fingertip you will be poking with an alcohol pad.
  3. Use a new lancet or blade each time you do a finger stick.
  4. Put the used finger-stick device (lancet or blade) in a labeled Sharps disposal container - never throw it in the trash where it could poke someone.
  5. Never share your finger-stick device or blood glucose meter with another person or use someone else’s equipment - you could spread hepatitis and other diseases. This equipment is designed for only one person's use.
  6. Regularly clean and disinfect your glucose meter and finger-stick device according to directions that came with the equipment.

Want to learn more? See

  • CDC - Blood Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Administration
  • MDH - Injection Safety

  • You can control your diabetes!

    Don't let it control you. Here are some tips and resources for living well with diabetes.

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    Provider's Prediabetes Tool Kit

    Visit the newly updated MN Dept of Health's I CAN Prevent Diabetes Prediabetes Health Providers Tool Kit to see the updated Minnesota Prediabetes Screening and Treatment Algorithm, new CDC tools for providers and patients to promote the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and  Where to Find a NDPP Group in Minnesota, and current Minnesota factsheets about the impact of diabetes and prediabetes in our state.

    Search for a Minnesota National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) near you. 

    The CDC National Registry of Recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs lists contact information for programs that offer type 2 diabetes prevention programs. FIND A PROGRAM in Minnesota.

    Diabetes and Prediabetes Fact Sheets (updated 3-31-2014)

    How do diabetes and prediabetes affect Minnesotans?  Who is at risk?  What are the trends?  What does this tell us?  What can you do about it?  Learn more using the new fact sheets on Diabetes and Prediabetes.

    Risk Test link imageKnow your risk. Take the quiz and take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes!

    Take the diabetes risk test
    Take one step and make a plan for preventing diabetes

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    Medication Disposal

    Medications play a vital role in our health care system, and sometimes there can be unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription medication. More on the recommended procedure for medication disposal.