The following is an excerpt from the article titled Disability and Diabetes Prevention that was originally posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. The CDC took the opportunity to post specific health resources about diabetes for people with disabilities during November, National Diabetes Month.
“People with intellectual disabilities (ID) receive fewer diabetes exams and less diabetes care than those without disabilities and the prevalence of diabetes among people with ID is 1.5 times the rate of the general population. Type 2 diabetes is preventable and the disparity for people with ID can be addressed. At Special Olympics, we are working towards inclusive health for all by eliminating these health disparities through our fitness and wellness programming.” - Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH Special Olympics Chief Health Officer