Local Impact - Kansas

Stephanie Crawford, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Haskell Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program

"If it wasn’t for this program I would very likely be a person with diabetes. I thank God for this program I really do."
- Stephanie Crawford

The Diabetes Prevention Program came along at he right time of my life. Being diagnosed with pre-diabetes scared me. I did not want to have diabetes and I especially didn’t want to have to take insulin. So, in 2007, I joined the program with a group of others like me who had also been newly diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

While attending the program’s 16 week course we met weekly and I learned more about diabetes than I had ever known before. My mother was able to attend the classes with me which gave me even more support as I set out to learn what I could do to prevent diabetes. Even though we went to the classes as a group, the staff took the time to work with us all individually to help us set achievable diet and exercises goals.

I can’t say enough good things about this program and the staff. Over time, they helped me lose 20 pounds, get better control of my blood pressure, and most importantly enabled me to get my blood sugars down to a normal range.

I have a good friend who has just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and has signed up with the program. She asked me to attend the classes along with her as she begins her own to journey to prevent diabetes and I agreed to go with her for support. I am looking forward to my diabetes re-education because I know it will help me maintain the positive healthy lifestyle changes I have made.

Diabetes in Kansas

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 161,000 people in Kansas – 7.3% of the state’s population – had diagnosed diabetes, and many of them suffer from serious diabetes complications or conditions. In addition to the human toll diabetes places on people in Kansas, the financial burden diabetes places on the health system in the state is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect costs of diabetes in Kansas was approximately $1.29 billion.

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