Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 30.3 million U.S. adults have diabetes, but 1 in 4 people do not know they have the disease. In addition, 84.1 million U.S. adults have prediabetes and 90% are not aware of it. In the U.S., diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death and the number one cause of low-limb amputations, adult-onset blindness, and kidney failure. Over the last 20 years, the number of U.S. adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the population has aged and become increasingly overweight or obese. The Healthy People 2020 action plan recommends that providers work to influence behavioral risk factors (such as dietary decisions) and promote lifestyle changes that prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in those who are high-risk.
- HRSA Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative – Includes diabetes resources and promising practices from HRSA’s Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative aimed to improve diabetes treatment and management; increase diabetes prevention efforts and reduce health disparities.
- CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program – The National Diabetes Prevention Program—or National DPP—was created in 2010 to address the increasing burden of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in the United States. This national effort created partnerships between public and private organizations to offer evidence-based, cost-effective interventions that help prevent type 2 diabetes in communities across the United States. One key feature of the National DPP is the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, which focuses on healthy eating and physical activity which showed that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).
- AMA Prevention Diabetes STAT
Patient Resources for Prediabetes and Preventing Type 2 Diabetes:
Prediabetes and Diabetes
Speaking the Language of Diabetes: Language Guidance for Diabetes-Related Research, Education, and Publications