You can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in your patients by encouraging proven, achievable lifestyle changes—such as losing a small amount of weight and getting more physically active—even if they are at high risk. Read on to find out about CDC’s lifestyle change program and how you can encourage your patients to join.
Could your patient have prediabetes? Encourage them to take the risk test.
Before developing type 2 diabetes, most people have prediabetes; their blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet for a diabetes diagnosis. Prediabetes is really common—more than 88 million US adults have it, though more than 84% of them don’t know they do. The good news is that prediabetes can be reversed.
Ready to see where you stand? Take the 1-minute prediabetes risk test. If your score shows your risk is high, visit your doctor for a simple blood test to confirm your result.
Join the Lifestyle Change Program
If a blood test confirms prediabetes, encourage your patient to join the CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program to learn how to make lasting lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. They will:
Work with a trained lifestyle coach, who will help you take small, manageable steps that fit in your schedule and in your life.
Discover how to eat healthy and add more physical activity into your day.
Find out how to manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can slow your progress.
Read the full story here.
Full link: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevent-type-2/index.html