Focusing on Diabetes Prevention
A 2017 report from the CDC shows that:
- More than 30 million U.S. adults have diabetes, and 24% don't know they have it.
- About 84 million U.S. adults (more than a third) had prediabetes in 2015, and 88% didn't know.
The CDC also reports that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. Find out what you need to start or maintain a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program at your health center. Here are some clinical practice recommendations:
Promote National Diabetes Month
Partners, organizations, and health care professionals can get involved in National Diabetes Month too! Use the resources below to share our 2017 theme – You Are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team – in your communities.
For People with Diabetes
Remind people with diabetes that they are the most important member of their diabetes care team, and that they should seek support from health care professionals, family, friends, and their community to successfully manage their diabetes.
For Community Organizations
Create or improve existing programs on diabetes prevention and management.
For Health Care Professionals
Refer to 10 clinically useful principles that identify and synthesize areas of general agreement among existing diabetes management and prevention guidelines.