Northeast Louisiana Regional Alliance Diabetes Prevention Collaborative
The Northeast Louisiana Regional Alliance Diabetes Prevention Collaborative program serves Richland, Morehouse & Union parishes and was created in efforts to steam what the Center for Disease Control predicts is a 120 percent increase in the number of diabetics over the next 35 years due to poor diet and inactivity. Funded through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the program seeks to increase awareness of the causes of diabetes and promote early detection of the disease. Early detection is the key from preventing people diagnosed as pre-diabetic from developing full-blown diabetes.
The program serves primarily uninsured or underinsured individuals in Richland, Union, Morehouse parishes. Identifying individuals with pre-diabetes is the first step toward making necessary lifestyle changes to help delay or reverse the progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes. Pre-Diabetes is a condition where the body no longer handles ingested carbohydrates or sugars. The onset of diabetes is usually preceded by a varying time period where there is elevated blood sugar control, but the levels are not high enough for persons to be diagnosed with true diabetes. This stage is commonly referred to as "pre-diabetes", and it is estimated that 79 million people in the U.S. have this condition. Persons with pre-diabetes are at a higher risk for developing true diabetes. It is imperative that strategies be developed and implemented that can successfully combat this growing epidemic. This is the goal of the Northeast Louisiana Regional Alliance Diabetes Prevention Collaborative. If you or a loved one would like to be screened for pre-diabetes or diabetes, please contact your primary care physician or the Richland Health & Resource Center at 318.878.2845.