New Mexico Diabetes Advisory Council

Working to reduce the burden of diabetes on communities in New Mexico.

Decmber 7 Training: Diabetes and Heart Disease


If you were unable to attended the December 7 educational presentations, you can access the slides by clicking on the titles below

Heart Disease and Diabetes

Julia Fisk, BA
Program Manager for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
New Mexico Department of Health

Ryan Sanchez, MPH
Health Educator for the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
New Mexico Department of Health

Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Diabetes

Jim Nawarskas, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of New Mexico

Joe R. Anderson Pharm D
Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Associate Professor of Medicine
University of New Mexico

Women with pregnancy-related diabetes may be at risk for chronic kidney disease

National Institutes of Health
News Release

Gestational diabetes may predispose women to early-stage kidney damage, a precursor to chronic kidney disease, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The study appears in Diabetes Care.

Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnancy and results when the level of blood sugar is too high. The condition increases the risk for preterm birth and cesarean delivery, among other complications. Other forms of diabetes that occur outside of pregnancy are known to increase the risk for chronic kidney disease, in which the kidneys have difficulty filtering wastes from the blood. Few studies have investigated the potential link between gestational diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

“Our findings suggest that women who have had gestational diabetes may benefit from periodic checkups to detect early-stage kidney damage and receive subsequent treatment,” said the study’s senior author, Cuilin Zhang, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., of the Epidemiology Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The researchers found that women who had gestational diabetes were more likely to have a high glomerular filtration rate (GFR), an estimate of how much blood per minute passes through the glomeruli, the tiny filters within kidneys that extract waste from the blood. Many researchers think that a very high GFR(link is external) can precede the early kidney damage that accompanies pre-diabetes — higher than normal blood sugar levels that are not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

The work was conducted as part of the NICHD-funded Diabetes & Women’s Health Study.  Researchers collected blood and urine samples and analyzed data from Danish women who had pregnancies from 1996 through 2002. The data included results from tests for diabetes and kidney functioning an average of 13 years later. Of this group, 601 women had gestational diabetes and 613 did not. Women who had gestational diabetes and later developed diabetes were approximately nine times more likely to have an elevated GFR later in life, compared to women who did not have gestational diabetes. Women who only had gestational diabetes had more than triple the risk of an elevated GFR. The results for the latter group remained consistent even after researchers statistically ruled out other factors that might influence kidney function, such as obesity, blood pressure disorders of pregnancy and the use of certain medications.

Women who had gestational diabetes and later-life diabetes were also more likely to have an elevated urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (UACR), an indication of kidney disease. Women who had only gestational diabetes were not at increased risk for an elevated UACR.

The study could not prove that gestational diabetes causes kidney damage, and the authors noted that more research is needed to confirm their findings.

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD conducts and supports research in the United States and throughout the world on fetal, infant and child development; maternal, child and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health®


Rawal, Shristi, et al. Gestational diabetes mellitus and renal function: a prospective study with 9-to-16 year followup after pregnancy. Diabetes Care. 2018;

June 1 Training: Women Living with Diabetes

Friday, June 1, 2018
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
CNM Workforce Training Center
If you have diabetes, keeping your blood glucose as close to normal as possible before and during your pregnancy is important to stay healthy and have a healthy baby. Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy, and like other types of diabetes, it affects how cells use sugar (glucose). Any pregnancy complication is concerning, but there’s good news.
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NMDAC’s 2018 Membership Drive Now Open

NMDAC’s programs not only provides continuing education on diabetes-related topics, but each meeting also offers the opportunity for mentoring, camaraderie and information sharing among healthcare professionals who are making a difference in the lives of those with diabetes.

Download the 2018 Membership Application
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Benefits of Joining NMDAC
Annual Professional and Para-Professional Membership includes:

  • No fee for admission to each NMDAC educational session
  • Opportunity to apply for Continuing Education Units at each program (may include CME, CDR, CHES, ACPE)
  • Priority on stand-by list when sessions reach capacity
  • Opportunity to vote in elections and on NMDAC matters
  • Opportunity to further NMDAC’s mission by serving as a board member or on a select committee

Organizational Partner benefits also include:

  • Up to five designated members (savings of $125)
  • Recognition of organization/company on NMDAC website

Sustaining Partner benefits also include: 

  • Two designated members
  • Opportunity to have an information table at each meeting
  • Recognition of organization/company at each meeting, in event promotional e-mails, and on NMDAC website

Membership and training fees are waived for all state government employees.

Membership is for one year and ends December 31, 2018. Membership form and payment is requested by January 31 of each membership year. Membership will not be pro-rated for late enrollments; full payment will be due for partial or mid-year enrollments.


Dec 1 Training :: Obesity, Diabetes and Youth: Real World Strategies to Improving Nutrition and Increasing Activity

Friday, December 1, 2017
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
CNM Workforce Training Center
To view the agenda, click here.

Opportunity to learn from the following speakers about what New Mexico is doing to


New Mexico Lions Diabetes Awareness Expo 2017

The American Diabetes Association would like you invite you to a free public service event taking place next week in Albuquerque!  The New Mexico Lions are hosting a fun-filled, educational event next Saturday, November 18th from 9AM to 4PM at the Elegante Hotel.  This is a FREE event and open to the public!  Participants can learn about local diabetes prevention programs, how to manage diabetes, and local resources.

Another great part about this event are the FREE health screenings.  Participants can take advantage of receiving a glucose check and a blood pressure reading.  There will also be FREE eye screenings for children ages 3-18.  Attached is the flyer for the event.

Elegante Hotel                                                                                                                                        2020 Menaul, NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

For more information or to view the event flyer, click here:  New Mexico Lions Diabetes Awareness Expo 2017