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Chronic Disease

March 2021 - Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common with more than 1 in 7 US adults estimated to have the disease. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity are at the highest risk for developing CKD.
  • As many as 9 in 10 people with early CKD are unaware. A simple blood and urine test can tell you how well your kidneys are working.
  • Find your risk for CKD and talk with your health care provider about early screening, diagnosis, and management. Early detection and treatment are key to managing CKD.

March 2021 - Chronic Disease in Montana

February 2021 - Diabetes and Americans Indians

January 2021 - Health Equity Advancement for Diabetes in Montana

November 2020 - National Diabetes Awareness Month

  • If you smoke, you are 30-40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone who doesn’t smoke, and if you have diabetes smoking can lead to increased health complications.
  • Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health especially if you have diabetes.  The sooner you quit the better your overall health.
  • Learn more about strategies to help aid in smoking cessation and support resources available across Montana.

October 2020 - ​Blood Pressure Awareness and Monitoring

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure), kills approximately 1,300 Americans per day and is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  • Hypertension is known as the “silent killer” because most of the time hypertension has no symptoms; many Montanans unknowingly have hypertension and might need prescribed medication.
  • Keep your blood pressure controlled. Know and monitor your blood pressure numbers, and take key steps to protect your health.

September 2020 - Pharmacists Can Help Manage Chronic Conditions

  • Three out of four Americans don’t take their medications as prescribed by their provider.
  • Tailored pharmacy-based interventions can help patients manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma.
  • The pharmacist’s role may vary depending on the needs of the pharmacy and the local community. Speak with your pharmacist about the services available to you and your family.

May 2020 - Physical Activity to Relieve Arthritis Pain

May 2020 - National Stroke Awareness Month

  • Stroke can have devastating consequences and is a leading cause of adult disability and death.
  • Stroke is an emergency – calling 911 is your best option.
  • Prevention is always best - there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of stroke.

May 2020 - May 5th is World Asthma Day: Focus on Asthma and Secondhand Smoke Exposure

March 2020: Diabetes Alert Day - March 24th

  • Millions of people in the United States have prediabetes or diabetes, both serious health conditions, and many people are unaware they have one of these conditions.
  • By enrolling in a Diabetes Prevention Program people can learn to implement healthy lifestyle changes to reduce their risks for developing diabetes.
  • Find out if you or someone you know is at risk, and learn more about steps you can take to prevent or manage diabetes by using our guide and interactive map.

February 2020 - Rare Disease Awareness

  • Over 7000 rare diseases, including childhood cancer and genetic conditions, exist worldwide; about 25-30 million Americans are affected by rare disease.
  • Shodair Children’s Hospital is Montana’s only comprehensive care program for children and adults with genetic conditions. To find other providers and resources become a Montana Informed Patient.
  • The National Institute of Health (NIH) makes finding additional resources easier by listing nonprofit advocacy groups.

February 2020 - Winter Exercise - Have Fun, Be Safe

  • The benefits of exercise are well documented, but short days and cold weather can make exercising in the winter difficult.
  • Pre-planning can make winter exercising both fun and safe.
  • Montana has an abundance of outdoor winter activities that can help you stay active through the long winter months.