Diabetes Control Program
In Kentucky, about 11 percent of adults have diagnosed diabetes, compared to
8 percent average across the U.S.
About 366,000 Kentucky adults have diabetes
Kentucky ranks fourth nationally in the rate of obesity and lack of physical
13 percent of Kentucky high school students have
been told they were at risk of getting diabetes, due to their nutrition and
Obesity, poor nutrition, and lack of regular physical
activity are risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
There is a link between diabetes and heart disease,
between diabetes and stroke, and between diabetes and death.
Other risk factors for diabetes include high blood
pressure, high blood fats, pre-diabetes, having a baby weighing more than 9
pounds at birth, polycystic ovary syndrome, history of blood vessel disease, 45 years old or older, family history of
diabetes or being in a high-risk population.
An estimated 611,000 or 40 percent of Kentucky adults
aged 40 to 74 have pre-diabetes and are high-risk for developing diabetes.
However, 25 percent of diabetes cases can be prevented.
Find out your risk with this online quiz from the American Diabetes
To take the test, or for more
information on diabetes, please call one of our educators, Joan Geohegan,
RN, BSN, CDE, at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero, RD, LD, at 859.363.2116.
The Health Department’s Diabetes Control Program is a self-management training
program for adults, and is recognized by the
American Diabetes Association.
The program is facilitated by a Certified Diabetes Educator/Registered
Nurse and a Registered, Licensed Dietitian. The Health Department
offers group sessions to help you learn to manage your
diabetes. Specific information is given on healthy eating, physical activity,
coping with a chronic disease and more. The program is offered in the
county health centers and in the community. Counseling is also available in Spanish upon request. For more information or to make an
appointment, please call one
of our educators, Joan Geohegan, RN, BSN, CDE, at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero,
RD, LD, at 859.363.2116. . For a printable informational diabetes
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Department routinely holds free classes on
diabetes, with topics
that include: what
is diabetes, healthy eating, complications and more. The classes are led by a
Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian.
Learn more and register.
Diabetes Support Groups
The Health Department sponsors three adult diabetes support groups:
- Boone County:
Third Friday of
every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Boone County Health
7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky
- Campbell County: second
Thursday of every month
from 10 a.m. to 12
p.m. at the Campbell County Senior Center,
3504 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, Ky.
- Kenton County: First Wednesday of every month
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library,
1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence, Ky.
Dates and times are subject to change, so please contact Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115
Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
Twenty-five percent of Americans with
diabetes don’t know they have the disease. Take a
diabetes risk test
to learn your risk
for type 2 diabetes and whether you should
follow up with one of the Health
Department's diabetes educators to
take steps to protect your health.
For more information on diabetes, contact Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero at 859.363.2116
Need to dispose of needles or other medical waste at your home? The
Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has created a
with tips on how to protect yourself
and those who pick up your trash.
If you have diabetes, regular eye exams are crucial to avoid eye problems.
Diabetes can lead to eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy.
Make sure to see your doctor as soon as possible if you have diabetes and start
to experience issues with your vision.