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N.H. creates diabetes education videos

New Hampshire is creating a series of short videos titled “Living Well with Diabetes” in honor of National Diabetes Month.

The videos are being offered by the state’s Division of Public Health Services and Granite State Diabetes Educators.

The efforts to increase statewide participation in diabetes self-management education is made possible through a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program aims to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity and associated risk factors and promote school health.

The department said more than 25 million Americans have diabetes, including 9.1 percent of New Hampshire residents. Only about half of people with diabetes in New Hampshire have ever taken a course in how to manage their diabetes.

“The first step toward living well with diabetes is to learn as much as you can about the disease,” said Dr. Jose Montero, director of public health at the department. “Working with a certified diabetes educator through an accredited self-management program is a great place to start. With some effort, diabetes can be controlled, thus reducing the risk of certain diabetes complications.”

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