On Thursday, November 14, San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) will take part in the local observation of World Diabetes Day. According to the 2011- 2012 California Health Interview Survey, 10.9% (53,000) of the adult population in San Joaquin County has diabetes. In California, the rate is 8.4%. These high numbers illustrate the need to educate county residents about the risk for diabetes and how to prevent the crippling effects of this disease.
Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst advises, “It is important for people with diabetes and their families, to work together to manage diabetes and prevent serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage.” Usually, people with diabetes who have a strong family support system are better able to cope with the day-to-day demands associated with the disease.