Disability in Focus: June 2019
People with IDD Need Accessible Diabetes Education and Care
“The doctor said I don’t have to check my blood sugar
every day; now I watch what I eat and that helps a lot
with my diabetes.”
In New Hampshire, adults with diabetes who have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) are less likely than adults without IDD to receive Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME). Many adults with IDD also do not get needed health care for their diabetes.
Diabetes self-management education (DSME) improves the quality of life of people with diabetes and helps prevent diabetes-related complications.
Only 1 in 5 adults with IDD and diabetes gets DSME