The American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week announced a joint effort in diabetes education and prevention called Prevent Diabetes STAT. The CDC reports that 86 million Americans are living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them are unaware of it.
“Our health care system simply cannot sustain the continued increases in the number of people developing diabetes.” said Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Screening, testing and referring people at risk for type 2 diabetes to evidence-based lifestyle change programs are critical to preventing or delaying new cases of type 2 diabetes.”
The AMA and CDC have co-developed a toolkit to engage healthcare providers and guide them on the best methods to screen and refer high-risk patients to diabetes prevention programs. There’s also an online screening tool for patients to help them determine their risk for type 2 diabetes.