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.

What You Can Do To Help Your Patients Prevent or Delay Type 2 Diabetes:

1.  Screen and test them for prediabetes if they are at risk; and
2.  Refer them to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program if they have prediabetes.

CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs are year-long interventions that help participants to make lasting lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, adding physical activity into their daily routine and improving coping skills.

The programs are part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program-or National DPP-a partnership between public and private sectors to fight the growing problem of prediabetes and reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about CDC-regognized lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes, visit Research Based Prevention Program and Lifestyle Change Program Details

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.
Source: Porter Novelli Styles. Summer Styles 2012.

Follow the links below for additional information about:

Benefits for Your Patients.  When you refer your patients to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, you're connecting them with a proven approach for making lasting healthy changes.

Program Eligibility

Benefits to Your Practice

Resources for Screening & Referral

Billing Codes

Testimonials from Health Care Professionals

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