Diabetes, DSMES and DPP: What It Can Mean to Me

In this episode of Healthy Dose, host Anthony Bolus talks to Jan Kavookjian, Ph.D., M.B.A., a behavior scientist teaching at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy and the incoming President-Elect of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES). November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and millions of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes each year. Left undiagnosed or untreated, it can increase one’s risk of heart attack, kidney disease, blindness and nerve damage to the feet—not to mention the large health cost burden to you and the overall health care system. One important and overlooked aspect of managing diabetes is the benefit of healthy lifestyle education programs. In their conversation, Bolus and Kavookjian, who also teaches patients through East Alabama Medical Center’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, discuss what lifestyle change programs are available in the fight against diabetes.

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