Frederick County launches a brand new diabetes initiative | WDVM25 & DCW50


FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) – During the pandemic, many people turned to eating for convenience, and while tasty treats can be difficult to resist, it’s important to be careful to eat all of those sugary snacks since Diabetes is still a huge factor and it is on the rise.

According to the CDC, 34 million Americans have diabetes and 88 million Americans have prediabetes, and the number is rising.

To combat this problem, the Frederick County Health Department is creating a new diabetes initiative, closely linked to the Maryland State Diabetes Action Plan, to reduce the incidence of diabetes and obesity, which can lead to higher rates of diabetes.

The plan is to develop group tuition and individual coaching sessions for free for locals who have diabetes or who are at risk.

The Frederick County Healthcare Coalition will work to create working groups that will specifically develop action plans to focus on improving the health of the county.

“As for the hospital, we have actually received funding from the Health Services Cost Review Commission to implement diabetes prevention and management strategies that will help the success of both the nationwide Integrated Health Improvement Strategy and Maryland State Diabetes Action Plan support, “said Heather Kirby, chief Population Health Officer.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90 percent of all diagnosed cases, according to the CDC. Hence, it is important to take the necessary steps to properly take care of yourself in order to stay healthy.