More than 29 million Americans—or about 9 percent of the U.S. population—have diabetes, and it is estimated that one in every four people with diabetes does not even know they have the disease. In Cleveland alone, diabetes affects more than 1 in 8 people. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.  


This November, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland are encouraging people with diabetes to “Be Smart about Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes.”  This is a critical message because people with diabetes are nearly two times more likely to die from heart disease or stroke than a person without diabetes.


The good news is that people with diabetes can lower their chance of having diabetes-related heart problems by managing their Diabetes ABCs:

  • A is for the A1C test (A-one-C).  This is a blood test that measures your average blood
  • sugar (glucose) level over the past three months.
  • B is for Blood pressure. 
  • C is for Cholesterol.
  • S is for stopping smoking. 

“Managing the Diabetes ABCs can help prevent diabetes-related heart problems such as heart attack and stroke,” said Tina Milano, President and CEO of Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland. “Many people with diabetes do not understand that it puts then at increased risk for having a heart attack or stroke.  Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland’s educators can help people with diabetes understand how to manage their disease, which  includes managing blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.”


Are You the 1 in 4 Who Doesn't Know?

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes - 3 million more than estimated in 2010, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  One in four people has diabetes and doesn't know it.  This is very serious because people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.

One in three adults in the United States - 86 million - has pre-diabetes, where their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not elevated enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30%  of those adults will develop type 2 diabetes within five years!

"These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country," said Ann Albright, Ph. D., R.D., director of DCD's Division of Diabetes Translation.  "Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms.  It's urgent that we take swift action  to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease."

Perhaps you or a family member have been diagnosed with diabetes and would like to ask a question or find out more information about diabetes education or support groups.  We are healthcare professionals that give general suggestions and are not to replace your medical care team. You should consult your doctor or your healthcare team for urgent or critical concerns. 

 To attend diabetes self management classes have your doctor complete the referral form by clicking here.           

QUESTIONS? Call 216-591-0800 to speak with a diabetes educator or email us and one of our diabetes educators will be in touch via email.



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Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

3601 S. Green Rd., #100
Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: 216-591-0800 | Fax: 216-591-0320

Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

3601 S. Green Rd., #100
Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: 216-591-0800 | Fax: 216-591-0320



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