"Because there is a history of diabetes in my family, I was not surprised when I was diagnosed with the disease. What surprised me was the amount of time, effort and knowledge needed to manage my condition. Thankfully, I found the perfect partner-AAHP. With their free health education classes, diet and exercise programs, and social dining clubs for others living with diabetes, I have found the support and programs I need to help monitor my condition-and live my life with confidence."

Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a lifelong disease marked by high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. Glucose is a type of sugar that everyone needs for energy. People with diabetes cannot properly convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy because their bodies cannot make or use insulin-a key hormone in this process. 25 percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes. One in four African American women over 55 has diabetes. Approximately 2.7 million or 11.4 percent of all African Americans aged 20 or older have diabetes. Blacks are 1.8 percent more likely than non Hispanic whites to have diabetes. This represents a significant health disparity in our community. The African American Health Program's mission is to help to eliminate health disparities in the Black population of Montgomery County, Md. The AAHP provides information and support to help people live with this serious disease.

Diabetes Dining Clubs
Schedule: March 2014-October 2014

Healthy Living Support Group
Schedule: March 2014-October 2014

Education Classes
Class Schedule: January and March 2014
Welcome to the Diabetes Education Class Introduction Letter
2013 Diabetes Education Class Forms (Registration, Class Survey, Medical History)