New Mexico Diabetes Advisory Council

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

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

Puppies, Prevention and Prediabetes

What do puppies, hedgehogs, and baby goats have in common (besides being super cute)?  They’re helping people find out their risk for prediabetes, thanks to the National Prediabetes Awareness Campaign’s lighthearted new public service announcements (PSAs).
These new videos allow viewers to learn where they stand by taking a one-minute prediabetes risk test while also watching fun animal videos.

Take the risk test – visit to learn where you stand.


NMDAC’s 2017 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.

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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
  • Special “NMDAC Member” name tag at each meeting
  • 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, 2017. 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. A one-time visitor or guest is permitted to attend for a charge of $15, only applicable to non-members. A full membership will be required to attend subsequent meetings/trainings.

Mark your calendar for 2016’s educational sessions

Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 4.04.21 PMEvery year, NMDAC coordinates a series of professional development sessions with a diabetes focus.

Our programs not only provide 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.

Below are the tentative dates and topics for NMDAC’s 2016 educational sessions to be held in Albuquerque:

  • Friday, April 1
    Spring into Better Health!
  • Friday, June 3
    Diabetes & Other Associated Chronic Diseases
  • Friday, September 9
    A Generational Look at Diabetes
  • Friday, December 2
    Behavior Struggles and Diabetes

>> Download the NMDAC 2016 Info flyer and share with your friends and colleagues >>

New Mexico-based groups join to raise awareness for National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month and November 14 is World Diabetes Day – a day observed across the world each year to help people learn about diabetes and prediabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA), together with the New Mexico Diabetes Advisory Council (NMDAC), urge New Mexicans to know the signs and see their doctor if they think they have diabetes, and if they already have it, know what to do to take care of themselves.

Anyone feeling extra thirsty and tired, and have to use the bathroom many times during the day and night should see their doctor right away to talk about these symptoms.   Untreated diabetes can result in blindness, kidney disease with dialysis, amputations, and can even lead to death.

The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) reports that more than 200,000 people in the state have diabetes, and 21 percent don’t even know they have it. An additional 120,000 have prediabetes, which is when a person’s blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be true diabetes. Prediabetes can lead to diabetes, but with treatment, blood sugar can return to normal and prevent real diabetes.

Preventing diabetes is part of the mission of the International Diabetes Federation — creator of the annual World Diabetes Day on November 14.   This year’s campaign is “Nourishing development: Halting the diabetes epidemic through healthy eating.” Eating a healthier diet and losing five to seven percent of body weight along with exercise, can help reverse prediabetes – and prevent the onset of diabetes.

Local Diabetes Educators Can Help

For people who already have diabetes, working with a diabetes educator is a good way of lowering the chances of becoming blind, having kidney or nerve disease, or having a stroke or heart attack. Diabetes Educators are experts in helping people with diabetes understand how to make healthy choices that keep blood sugar levels in check, which is so important to taking care of diabetes. Most insurance plans cover a visit to a diabetes educator or dietitian with a referral from the primary care doctor.

“Many people struggling with diabetes don’t know about all the great education and support available right here in New Mexico” said Linda Reineke, RD, LD, CDE, chair of NMDAC. “Diabetes educators across New Mexico can provide ongoing guidance on lifestyle and diet to take control of their diabetes, and prevent serious complications later in life.”

People of any age can get diabetes and November is the perfect time for people to talk to their educator or make an appointment with an educator to learn more. Information on risk factors, prevention, and taking care of diabetes are all available at the ADA website, Family members can visit the website and urge their relatives and friends to visit their doctor and ask for a test or a referral to a diabetes educator. This step can save lives.