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Why Diabetes Care is Important

In 2008, more than 26,000 adults in Bernalillo County learned they have diabetes. That's 1 in every 25 people. Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans are more likely to get diabetes than whites.

Diabetes can lead to serious health problems including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Kidney problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Blindness
  • Losing feet or legs (amputation)

To help prevent these problems, the U.S. has standards for quality care. These standards say that everyone with diabetes needs regular medical care. This care should include:

  • Blood sugar tests, called A1C (A-1-C) tests
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Blood pressure checks

Getting this care can help patients with diabetes stay healthy. It also helps doctors find problems early, when they're easier to treat.

The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) New Mexico Health Care Takes On Diabetes, National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico Department of Health, and New Mexico Diabetes Council. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to most adults with diabetes. This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor as a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment based on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

Detailed recommendations and information on this complex issue can be found at or at many websites listed on the Diabetes Links page.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico