Diabetes: Public Resources

Are You at Risk?

Type 2 diabetes prevention is possible, powerful, and proven! It is important to find out early if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes or if you have prediabetes. To find out your risk, take this quick Risk Test from  the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or complete the Take the Test. Know Your Score. risk assessment below the navigation on this page.

If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, there are many things you can do! Learn more at the CDC Preventing or Delaying Type 2 Diabetes page. Additional information about prediabetes can be found at CDC's The Surprising Truth About Prediabetes page.

Also, don't forget to check out your source for local and national diabetes resources: www.DiabetesLocal.org.

Taking Care of Your Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Care Booklet: English, 12 pages (PDF, 847 KB)
This 12-page booklet explains diabetes, diabetes self-care, and lists the tests, exams, and medical checks you need to have in order to take care of your diabetes.

Personal Diabetes Care Record: English, 2 pages (PDF, 553 KB)
This two-page wallet card provides a place for you to record tests, exams, and medical checks you need to have in order to take care of your diabetes.

Blood Sugar Log Booklet:
This booklet provides a place to record three months of blood sugar test results.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes, 38 pages, (PDF, 1.13 MB)
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this document helps a person with diabetes take charge of the disease.

Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Cholesterol and blood pressure are important to keep track of when you have diabetes. Your doctor should monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure regularly. For information about cholesterol and blood pressure, click on the following links:

Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes increases a person's risk for heart disease. About three-quarters of people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease. For people with diabetes, it is important to work with a health care provider to help with diabetes management and control of other risk factors. Select one of the following links to learn more about diabetes and heart disease:

Children and Adolescents with Diabetes

Camps for Children Who Have Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association offers a variety of camping experiences for children who have diabetes.

Camp Lakota, held each summer at the Wisconsin Lions Camp on 440 acres in Rosholt and open to Wisconsin residents ages 9 to 16 years, is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc. Activities available include hiking, climbing walls, archery, arts and crafts, swimming, sailing, paddle boating and making new friends! The camp has onsite nurses, doctors, and dietitians who are assigned to each air-conditioned, fully accessible cabin of 8-9 children. American Diabetes Association medical staff provide campers with the information and skills. During the week, they need to live successfully with diabetes in any situation. For more information, contact the American Diabetes Association Wisconsin Area Office toll-free at 888-342-2383 or click on the link above.

The American Diabetes Association Minnesota Area Office offers Camp Needlepoint (ages 8 to 16 years) and Camp Daypoint (ages 5 to 9 years) at the YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin. Learn more.

Educational DVDs

These educational DVDs were created in collaboration with the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and other partners. Copies of the DVDs may be ordered from the Wisconsin Lions Foundation by calling toll-free 1-877-463-6953.

The Links to Chronic Kidney Disease: Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Family History, (English: 14 minutes, Spanish: 18 minutes)
This educational DVD, available in English and Spanish, discusses chronic kidney disease prevention, causes and treatment, and the importance of early detection. Its target audience is people with or at risk of diabetes and high blood pressure which are the two major causes of chronic kidney disease.

Protect Your Vision: The Dilated Eye Exam, (English: 9 minutes, Spanish: 10 minutes)
This educational DVD, available in English and Spanish, stresses the importance of an annual dilated eye exam and encourages people with diabetes to take charge of their health care needs and get a dilated eye exam each year.

Type 1 Diabetes: Caring with Confidence, (English: 23 minutes)
This educational DVD, available in English only, is for people who would like to learn about diabetes because of their interactions with people who have diabetes - especially people with type 1 diabetes. This video is available with closed captioning.

General Resources

Wisconsin Health Reports
This link will help you better understand what kind of care you should be receiving from your doctor or hospital.  It can also help you make decisions about where to go for quality care and includes practical suggestions for becoming more involved and getting the best care possible. You can learn about differences in quality of care, compare those differences, and act based on what you've learned.

Managing Health Care Waste
This link directs you to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website on managing health care waste, which includes information for households and non-households, as well as additional resources. 

Managing Household Medical Sharps
This link directs you to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website on managing household medical sharps. It includes information on correct packaging and disposal, as well as collection stations in Wisconsin.

Medical Sharps Collection
This link directs you to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website on Wisconsin's Sharps Collection Program.

Medication/Prescription Assistance

Needy Meds
Needy Meds is a resource for finding Patient Assistance Programs and other assistance with the cost of health care.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them.

Last Revised: December 22, 2016