Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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January 19, 2018
- Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. It can cause vision loss and even blindness if not detected early.
- The most common form of glaucoma progresses slowly over a long period of time without the person noticing vision loss until the disease is very advanced.
- Public health professionals can work in community-based settings to increase glaucoma detection rates by reaching people at high risk, including African Americans, seniors, and people with diabetes.
November 9, 2017
- More than 114 million people in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes—that’s more than a third of our nation.
- People with diabetes or prediabetes are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and other significant complications.
- By addressing diabetes and prediabetes, healthcare providers can also help prevent many other serious health problems or lessen their impact.
October 28, 2016
- People are living longer and better with diabetes, but that means they can have diabetes-related health complications longer, too.
- Controlling blood sugar levels can help prevent or delay complications, and early detection and treatment of complications can keep them from getting worse.
- Healthcare and public health professionals can support patients by sharing this collection of articles created for people at risk for or living with diabetes.
September 30, 2016
- Despite the benefits of regular exercise, 31 million adults aged 50 years or older are inactive.
- Many chronic conditions can be prevented or managed [PDF-1.6MB] with physical activity.
- Communities can create a culture that supports physical activity by making design enhancements and offering healthy lifestyle programs.
September 23, 2016
September 16, 2016
- About 70% of US adults aged 65 or older have high blood pressure, but only about half have it under control.
- Despite having Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance, at least 25% of adults aged 65 or older are not taking their blood pressure medications as directed—according to the latest Vital Signs report.
- Health departments can use and share important tools and protocols to advance blood pressure medication adherence.
February 20, 2015
- Every year, one in three people aged 65 or older experiences a fall, which is the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.
- Falls among older adults cost the US $30 billion a year in direct medical expenses.
- A new study finds that community-based fall prevention programs are feasible and effective and save money.
September 28, 2012
- Glaucoma, the “sneak thief of sight,” affects more than two million US adults aged 40 or older and is projected to affect 3.3 million people by 2020.
- Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help prevent blindness.
- You can promote sight-saving measures by encouraging comprehensive dilated eye exams
September 14, 2012
- Older adults are at greater risk for illness and death [PDF-354KB] during an emergency.
- During National Preparedness Month, states and communities can review their emergency preparedness plans to ensure they meet the needs of vulnerable older adults.
- New CDC resources are available that can assist states and communities in planning for the needs of the elderly.
July 8, 2011
- Sixty-five percent of adults between the ages of 50 and 75 were screened for colorectal cancer in 2010.
- We can prevent an additional 1,000 colorectal cancer deaths each year by meeting the Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5% for colorectal cancer screening in the United States.
- Implementation of system-level evidence-based interventions can increase colorectal cancer screening rates.
March 18, 2011
- Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
- If everyone 50 years and older were screened for colorectal cancer as recommended, up to 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services finds that evidenced-based practices, such as client reminder systems, can improve colorectal cancer screening rates.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.
- Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
- Page last updated: January 19, 2018
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