About Prediabetes & Type 2 Diabetes
Eighty-six million Americans now have prediabetes-that's 1 out of 3 adults! Of those 86 million, 9 out of 10 of them don't even know they have it.
Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
With numbers like that, it's important to learn about prediabetes and take action.
Read the National Diabetes Statistics Report
to learn about the toll that diabetes is taking in the United States.
Why Refer to a Lifestyle Change Program? Your patients listen to you.
Research shows that patients are more likely to engage in preventive health behaviors when their health care professional recommends them.Referring patients to a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program is a recommended practice.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal panel of public health and prevention experts, recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs-like CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs-for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes. Read the recommendation
.The program is widely available and may be a covered benefit for your patients.
CDC-recognized lifestyle programs are available in health care clinics, community-based organizations, faith based organizations, pharmacies, wellness centers, worksites, cooperative extension offices, university-based continuing education program, and other places throughout the community. Patients can also choose and online program.
Many employers and insurers offer the lifestyle change program as a covered benefit. Patients should check with their insurer or employer to see if the program is covered.