Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be prevented. Below is information regarding prediabetes and how you can prevent the disease.
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose or A1c levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Change Program
The National DPP Lifestyle Change Program is founded on the science of the Diabetes Prevention Program research study, and subsequest translation studies, which showed that making realistic behavior changes helped people with prediabetes lose 5% to 7% of their bodyweight and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). The program is group-based, facilitated by a trained lifestyle coach, and uses a CDC-approved curriculum. The curriculum supports regular interaction between the lifestyle coach and participants; builds peer support; and focuses on behavior modification through healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and managing stress. The program may be delivered in-person, online, via distance learning, or through a combination of these delivery modes.
CDC-recognized Lifestyle Change Programs in Alabama
Are you looking for assistance in preventing diabetes? A CDC-recognized lifestyle change program could very well be the answer. This map shows where you can go in the state to get help fighting off diabetes.
How to Tell if You Have Prediabetes or Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), while these conditions can occur in people of all ages and races, diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. Regardless of your age, race, or nationality, you may be at increased risk for diabetes or prediabetes. Take the CDC's Risk Test for Prediabetes or the ADA's Risk Test for Diabetes to determine your level of risk.
Prevent Diabetes STAT (Screen, Test, and Act Today)
With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined forces to take urgent action to Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today.
AMA/CDC Diabetes Prevention Initiative
The American Medical Association (AMA) has teamed up with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent type 2 diabetes and focus attention on prediabetes. Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Evidence-based programs to address prediabetes can prevent or delay progression to diabetes.
What can physician practices do right now? Start screening your patients for prediabetes to prevent diabetes before it starts and use the AMA/CDC diabetes prevention toolkit for health care providers to refer patients to Diabetes Prevention Programs.
Page last updated: January 15, 2019