Well-Ahead Louisiana empowers leaders in key organizations across the state to take an active role in the fight against diabetes in our communities. By making healthy living easy and accessible to residents at risk for or living with type 2 diabetes, we can move Louisiana’s health forward.
Fast Facts about Diabetes in Louisiana
Family, food and fun makes life in Louisiana hard to beat. And our lifestyle has a big impact on our overall health. Health risk behaviors like poor diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use, as well as limited access to healthcare, cause our state to lead the nation in statistics for chronic diseases like diabetes.
1 in 3
Louisiana residents were estimated to have prediabetes in 2017¹
13% of Louisiana residents have diabetes, which can fill the Superdome
In 2017, prediabetes cost Louisiana
Reducing the Burden of Diabetes in Louisiana
If we want to have the greatest health impact possible in our communities, we must work together. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the burden of diabetes in our state. We work to ensure our residents have access to quality health services for diabetes management and prevention by training and educating healthcare professionals on best practices and building connections between the community and clinical sector. Organization leaders in our communities can also build environments that encourage healthy habits that help prevent and manage diabetes where our residents live, work, learn, play and pray.
By focusing on connecting community organizations to evidence-based resources, we can empower leaders to implement healthy policy, systems and environmental changes and ensure access to quality health services.
1 American Diabetes Association, 2019. https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/42/9/1661.article-info
2 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2019.
3 American Diabetes Association, 2019. https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/42/9/1661.figures-only
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