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About DCAC
Our mission: To improve the health, function, and quality of life of all Fulton County residents at risk for, or affected by, diabetes.
 
Our vision: Residents of Fulton County have access to quality health care, community resources and support, to prevent diabetes and its complications.
Statement of Need:   
Nearly 35% of Fulton County residents, including 50% of seniors are have prediabetes, a condition of higher than normal blood glucose, but not high enough to be called diabetes.  Of those with prediabetes, only one in ten is aware that they have the condition.  Without weight loss and the addition moderate physical activity on most days, 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years.
Of the Metro Atlanta residents living with diabetes, one in three is undiagnosed. These individuals may have already started to suffer from the serious complications of uncontrolled diabetes, including eye, kidney, and heart damage. These and other complications of uncontrolled diabetes can be prevented or minimized by a combination of regular medical care and the adoption of positive diabetes self-management skills.
DCAC is committed to "turning the tide: on diabetes by informing, connecting, and empowering the most vulnerable and underserved of those at risk to quality medical care thereby preventing diabetes and its complications.
 
See:  DCAC Fact Sheet April 2016
 

DCAC Works to Save Lives and Save Limbs

February 9, 2019 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, For Health Care Professionals by Vicki Karnes

Stop Diabetes From Knocking You Off Your FeetThe Diabetes Community Action Coalition, Inc.  (DCAC) seeks to partner with health advocates, community, faith-based, and healthcare organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of nerve damage to the feet from uncontrolled blood glucose (sugar).
It is important that people living with diabetes and their families be aware of the warning signs of nerve damage to the feet and hands, otherwise known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.  Only then can they make informed decisions and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent the onset of this life-changing condition.  The American Diabetes Association estimates that over 60% of people living with diabetes suffer from some degree of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Dr. Comfort, the worldwide leading provider of diabetic footwear, has provided DCAC with a supply of the American Diabetes Association poster (19″ x 25″) seen here.  Health advocates and health care providers interested in copies of the poster should contact DCAC at dcacfulton@gmail.com.  For more information on therapeutic shoes for people with diabetes, see the Dr. Comfort Official Website.

Free Workshop “Healthy Changes for Living with Diabetes”

February 8, 2019 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, Living Well: Local Resources by Vicki Karnes

The Atlanta Regional Commission is offering “Healthy Changes for Living with Diabetes”, a version of the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.  A similar free workshop will be offered to those living with any form of chronic illness.  Both workshops meet once a week for six weeks.

Contact Lynda Conner at (404) 463-3522 for more information and to register.

 

 

New Type 2 Diabetes Screening Guidelines

February 26, 2018 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

Based on recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, blood glucose screening is now covered as a preventive service for adults 40 to 70 years old and those with a high risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

For those with health insurance, the blood glucose screening will be provided by their doctor with zero co-pay.

Adults found to have Prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is not normal, but not high enough to be considered Diabetes, will be eligible to enroll in a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).  The Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long evidenced-based lifestyle change program.  To find a program near you, click here.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a partnership of public and private organizations working to reduce the growing problem of Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.  To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Free Smoking Cessation Medications

March 10, 2016 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, Headlines, Preventing Complications from Diabetes, Resources for the Uninsured by Vicki Karnes

Since 2015, all private health plans must offer free smoking cessation treatments to adult smokers as a preventive service.
A 90-day supply of all FDA-approved smoking cessation medications is available to smokers with $0 copay when prescribed by a doctor. 
For those Georgians covered by Medicaid, a free 12-week supply of certain smoking cessation medications is available.  To learn more, see Medicaid coverage in Georgia.
For those without health insurance, it is possible to buy prescription smoking cessation products at a discount using GoodRx.  Learn more.  
 

Note:  The Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program periodically offers free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to adults without health insurance.  
For more information, call the Georgia Tobacco Quit LineEnglish:  1-877-270-STOP      Spanish:  1-877-2NO-FUME

Why is it important to make tobacco cessation products available as a free preventive benefit?
Adults who smoke are at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.
People with Diabetes who smoke have the highest risk for developing debilitating complications like blindness, kidney failure, and lower leg amputations.