Diabetes is a serious condition that affects more than 55,000 Vermonters.
The good news is preventing and managing diabetes can help you to avoid or delay these health problems – and you don’t have to go it alone.
There are many small steps you can take to improve your health. With free diabetes prevention or management workshops, you can have the support you want with monitoring blood sugar, healthier eating, exercise habits, managing stress and more.
Learn more at myhealthyvt.org.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes makes your blood sugar too high, either because your body doesn’t make enough insulin or the insulin it makes is not used correctly.
Your body changes much of the food you eat into sugar, also called glucose. A stable blood sugar level is the goal.
High blood sugar over time causes problems in many parts of the body. Blood vessels and nerves may become damaged. Risk increases for heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and pain or, sometimes, loss of feeling in feet and legs.
- Get "Learning to Live Well with Diabetes"
- Diabetes Information Toolkit
- About Smoking and Diabetes
- Publications, Guides and More
- Support and Education
Vermont Diabetes Prevention and Control
Tel: 866-331-5622 (toll free) or 802-863-7330
Robin Edelman, MS, RD, CDE
Diabetes Program Administrator
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Learning to Live Well with Diabetes
A comprehensive resource to help you learn how to meet your blood sugar goals, and how to prevent health problems.
Order your copy:
Tel. 1-866-331-5622 (toll free)
Email: Diabetes Program
The Diabetes Toolkit is a set of brief, large-print information sheets. Ready for downloading and easy printing.
- Blood Pressure and Diabetes
- Move More for Diabetes (Physical Activity)
- How to Prevent or Delay Diabetes
- Carb Counting and Diabetes
- The Facts About Fats
- Sugars and Sugar Substitutes
- Diabetes: Lose a little weight….gain a lot of control
- AIC…What's Your Number?
- Estimated Average Glucose & A1C
- Safe Disposal of Syringes and Other Sharps
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There are many good resources and ways to help you stay healthy, along with advice from trained medical professionals. Share these guides and resources with those who help support you.
To receive a copy by mail:
Call 1-866-331-5622 (toll free) or 802-863-7330.
- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
The DASH eating plan and sample menu help control blood pressure. Calories can be adjusted as needed.
- Diabetes & Oral Health
This pamphlet explains the connection between diabetes and oral health, offers tips for maintaining a healthy mouth, and provides a list of Federally Qualified Dental Centers in Vermont.
- Diabetes Risk Brochure
Many people have pre-diabetes or diabetes for years before it is diagnosed. This resource includes a quick self-check for diabetes risk along with tips about food and physical activity to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
- Guide for Diabetes Care
This resource helps people living with diabetes and their medical providers "get on the same page". It provides a summary of recommendations for treatment at medical provider office visits, a review of lab reports, and self-management responsibilities.
- Managing Diabetes at School
This manual is for staff working in schools, for students living with diabetes and their parents. It includes information about diabetes and related conditions, medical and psychosocial management, regulations, forms, and many helpful resources.
- 1305 Data Pages: Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, & Associated Risk Factor Surveillance
- Data Brief: Diabetes Prevention
- Diabetes Program Goal Tracker 2016
Smoking has more severe effects for people who have diabetes. Quitting has almost immediate health benefits.
When you decide to quit, visit 802Quits.org.
These free services can help you find success. Best of all, through 802Quits you can get free nicotine replacement - gum, patches or lozenges - shipped right to your door (while supplies last), as well as a number of online tools and supports.
A person with diabetes, Bill shares his emotional story of how the complications caused by smoking affected him and his family.
Diabetes educators and programs are available throughout Vermont.
Find a program near you:
Learn more about the Vermont Association of Diabetes Educators.
Visit the CDC Diabetes Program
- Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Guide for Prediabetes Patient Referral
- Glucose Calculator
- CDC Diabetes Program