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Diabetes in Oklahoma


  • In 2014, about 351,880 Oklahomans 18 years and older were diagnosed with diabetes.
  • American Indians and African American adults have the highest percentage of diabetes
  • In 2014 nearly one in every four seniors was diagnosed with diabetes
  • The percent of the adult population with diabetes is higher than in the US
  • The death rate for diabetes is higher than in the US

The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Chronic Disease Program is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Funding requires an evidence based public health approach to health promotion behaviors. This includes public health prevention and control strategies. These strategies include designing, implementing, and evaluating access to and quality of care.

Accredited/Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs

Current Projects supported/promoted include:

  • Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), is designed for individuals and their caregivers who are dealing with type 2 diabetes.
  • National Diabetes Prevention Programs in Oklahoma  (CDC):  The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize organizations that have shown they can effectively deliver a lifestyle change intervention program (lifestyle intervention) to prevent type 2 diabetes. These programs are designed for individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  The program encourages healthy food choices and an increase of physical activity in participants and could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  This program is recommended by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the American Medical Association. National Diabetes Prevention Programs in Oklahoma
  • Registry of Recognized Programs (CDC):  The national registry of recognized diabetes prevention programs lists contact information for programs that offer type 2 diabetes prevention programs in communities across the United States.

African Americans

  • New Beginnings:  A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes: is an on-line resource with stories about African Americans with diabetes. This guide was created to help group leaders facilitate discussions about the emotional side of living with diabetes. This guide will help people with diabetes identify family and social support needs, develop goal setting, and positive coping and problem solving skills. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups.

For more diabetes in Oklahoma data, see OK2SHARE and the Toolkit Trilogy, specifically the MONAHRQ Data Guide and the Chronic Disease in Oklahoma Data Book

If you have any questions regarding diabetes or are interested in the current projects, please contact the
Center Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (405) 271-3619

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