diabetes prevention

A new initiative that aims to prevent type 2 diabetes has been launched. The initiative is called Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act – Today and has been developed by a collaboration between the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Prevent Diabetes STAT is a national initiative to bring patients, healthcare professionals, community organisations and insurers together in preventing diabetes. It allows patients to self-assess their risk for prediabetes and urges those that are at risk to see their doctors to get tested.

If diagnosed with prediabetes, doctors can refer patients to the local lifestyle change programs that are part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. There are over 500 programs operating across the United States and research shows that the programs are effective in reducing incidence of type 2 diabetes.

More than 1 in 3 have prediabetes

The initiative is important as statistics show that more than 1 in 3 American adults are living with prediabetes, yet many people are unaware that they have the condition. Prediabetes is a state in which you have higher than normal blood glucose levels but not high enough to lead to clear symptoms of diabetes.

Prediabetes is a state of health that needs lifestyle treatment to address as research shows that 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years if they do not take preventative action.

The Prevent Diabetes STAT initiative helps you to find out your risk of prediabetes and then to access the support of diabetes prevention programs.