According to Parkland Health officials, eleven percent of Dallas County residents have diabetes.
Diabetes poses a growing threat throughout the U.S., but Texans have a higher rate than many other areas.
It’s estimated that 660,000 people in Texas don’t know they have diabetes and 37 percent of Texans have prediabetes.
Parkland Health & Hospital System has launched a public health awareness campaign to educate area residents about the risks of diabetes and ways to prevent and manage the disease.
The campaign includes public health messaging encouraging people to know their risk of developing the disease, calls to action to learn how to prevent the disease and resources for helping to manage the illness.
The awareness campaign includes traditional marketing via cable and Spanish-language TV, movie theaters, radio and transit advertising as well as community newspapers, social media, community outreach and educational events for the public and health-care professionals.
Parkland developed a new interactive website in both English and Spanish as a hub for information from experts to better understand what diabetes is, how to prevent and control it and provide tools and resources to help individuals and families with the disease. To learn more, visit the new site at www.ParklandDiabetes.com.