people who live in rural areas

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support in Rural America

In the United States, 30.3 million people (about 1 in 10) have diabetes, a chronic condition that requires complex daily decisions and care activities. Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) provides patients with the knowledge and skills they need to manage their diabetes, prevent or delay complications, lower blood sugar levels, and improve health outcomes. However, 62% of rural counties don’t have a DSMES program.
What the Science Says

CDC MMWR Report

Policy Options
NATIONAL DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM

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RESOURCES FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

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DIABETES RESOURCES

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62% of Rural Counties don't have a diabetes self-management education and support program. These programs can help people with diabetes complications, including heart attack, kidney failure and blindness.
Page last reviewed: March 2, 2018