What Connecticut Needs to Know About Diabetes
Connecticut Public offers information and resources about the nationwide diabetes epidemic and how it is impacting Connecticut residents.
Blood Sugar Rising
This documentary explores the history and science of this hidden health crisis, introducing you to the faces and lives behind the staggering statistics. The story of diabetes is so critical and timely, Blood Sugar Rising will leave you wondering: Why isn’t there a war on diabetes?
Conn. Diabetics, Health Experts Champion Bill To Lower Insulin Costs
A new bill in Connecticut would cap out-of-pocket costs to patients for things like insulin, glucose monitors, test strips and other supplies as health care prices continue to skyrocket.
Connecticut Lawmakers Seek To Cap Insulin Costs, Create Emergency Funds For Diabetics
“It shouldn’t be unreachable for a parent to be able to afford to provide a continuous glucose monitor of insulin for their child, and it shouldn’t be a mortgage payment to pick up three months of insulin,” Samantha Merwin, mother of Logan Merwin, said.
Conn. Diabetes Advocates Say High Insulin Prices A Matter Of 'Life Or Death'
As states and legislators in Washington try to lower sky-high health care and prescription drug costs, Kristen Whitney Daniels, chapter leader of Connecticut #Insulin4All, said people need immediate relief and help, just to simply survive.
Diabetes in Connecticut
Diabetes an epidemic that affects 100 million Americans, costing over $350 billion annually. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes and prediabetes cost an estimated $4 billion in Connecticut each year.
The serious complications are notoriously difficult to control and include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness – and death.
What's Your Risk for Diabetes?
According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have different causes. You inherit a predisposition to the disease, then something in your environment triggers it. Unlike Type 1, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight and following a healthy, active lifestyle.
Did you know…
- 88 million American adults have prediabetes (34.5% of the adult US population), but nearly 85% of them don’t know it.*
- 2 million adults aged 65 years or older have prediabetes.*
- It’s recommended to get at least 150 minutes per week of leisure-time physical activity to help prevent complications from diabetes.*
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