November 9, 2017

Missouri recognizes World Diabetes Day 2017

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri State Representative Patricia Pike and leading experts in the field of community-based diabetes health care will discuss the devastating impact of the disease on individuals, both personally and financially, as well as the significant financial costs to the state. The event will take place Tuesday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in House Hearing Room 7 in the State Capitol. The day’s activities will also include tours of the State Capitol at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for guests.

More than 747,370 Missourians suffer from the consequences of diabetes, and the cost to the state surpasses $4.8 billion annually. Unmanaged diabetes is the cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults, and a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. People with diabetes spend 2.3 times more on health care costs than others without the disease. African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as Caucasians.

However, the debilitating consequences of diabetes and its cost can be mitigated with Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES), and Missouri is part of a national effort to provide this education to people with diabetes. DSMES teaches patients about, and assist them with, setting goals for proper nutrition, physical activity, regular check-ups with their physicians, glucose monitoring and consistent medication use. DSMES training for persons with diabetes improves their health, quality of life and helps avoid the complications of the disease. Such training can reduce the chances of the most serious consequences by 8 percent and cut the chance of dying from the disease by 2.3 percent. High-risk persons or those with pre-diabetes are 11 percent less likely to develop the disease.

Rep. Pike has been working on legislative efforts in Missouri to bring attention to the personal costs to Missourians with diabetes as well as the cost to the state. She supports the DSMES project that is focusing on rural and underserved communities in Missouri as well as the Medicare age population. Nearly one-third of persons 65 years and older have diabetes. About 13 percent of persons age 20 and older in the U.S. have diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health.

"Recognizing "World Diabetes Day" at the Missouri Capitol, November 14, is a great opportunity to reach out to Missourians. These presentations will be eye-opening for all," said Rep. Pike, R-Adrian. "I am impressed with the work that is currently going on in the state to save people with diabetes from serious consequences such as blindness and amputations. But, the work must continue and be supported because of the number of people not yet reached and trained in the maintenance of their disease, which can help stop those consequences."

Participating in the discussions will be Rick Royer, CEO of Primaris, a Missouri company under contract with TMF Health Quality Institute to provide DSMES for people with diabetes in underserved and rural areas of the state. Also, participating will be Brian Bax, National Diabetes Prevention Program Specialist for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Candy Williams, RN with Bates County Memorial Hospital and board member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators; and Stephen Njenga, director of performance measurement compliance with the Missouri Hospital Association.

The DSMES project is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). TMF is the Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization under contract with CMS to administer and execute the program in a region comprising Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.