News Releases - Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.
Menu
Menu
Veterans Crisis Line Badge

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

 

VA launches diabetes campaign to help Veterans, health care teams better manage care

Jan. 24, 2020, 10:36:00 AM

Printable Version


VA launches diabetes campaign to help Veterans, health care teams better manage care

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new campaign this month to give Veterans a better understanding of their diabetes numbers, which are critical to their well-being.

The Understand Your Diabetes Numbers campaign educates Veterans and their families on hemoglobin A1C, glucose meter, blood pressure and kidney tests, and other vital measurements.

“One in four Veterans enrolled in VA health care services has diabetes,” said VA Secretary Robert Willkie. “This public health campaign encourages Veterans to be proactive with their health care teams by improving their understanding of diabetes test results. The campaign reflects VA’s ongoing commitment to improve the health care experiences of Veterans by empowering them to be active partners in their care.”

VA’s Office of Patient Care Services is overseeing the year-long campaign, which addresses treatment goals, medication and nutritional management, and patient safety. Key topics include understanding the importance of hemoglobin A1c test results, shared decision making between Veterans and their health care team, hypoglycemia safety, insulin differences, good nutrition and carbohydrate counting, and kidney function and blood pressure measurement. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a marker, along with blood pressure and cholesterol control, of good diabetes care.

VA’s diabetes campaign is guided by Choosing Wisely® which is a collective effort among professional societies whose goal is to reduce medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be unnecessary. For more information, watch the VA roundtable videos Diabetes is a Disease of Numbers and Healthcare Teams Helping Veterans Understand Diabetes Numbers.

 ###



Disclaimer of Hyperlinks

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Veterans Affairs of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized VA activities, the Department does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided with the intent of meeting the mission of the Department and the VA website. Please let us know about existing external links which you believe are inappropriate and about specific additional external links which you believe ought to be included by emailing newmedia@va.gov.



People wishing to receive e-mail from VA with the latest news releases and updated fact sheets can subscribe to the
VA Office of Public Affairs Distribution List.

Back to News Releases Index



Search VA News Releases

(mm/dd/yyyy)
(mm/dd/yyyy)